According to a new federal drought monitor map, the long-running dry spell finally looks to be over in most of the Northwest. Heavy snows and precipitation in February and early March have made up the difference. That’s good news for ranchers, irrigators, river rafters and salmon.
Continue Reading A Punch Of Late Winter Weather Means Diminished Drought Across The Northwest
After hours of contentious floor debate, the Washington House of Representatives passed a low-carbon fuel standard this week. The result, if the state Senate also passes it: Cleaner fuels could start flowing from gas pumps in Washington state over the coming decade. Continue Reading Cleaner Fuels Could Soon Power Washington Cars If New Fuel Standard Passes Legislature
For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products. But last year the Chinese government dropped a bombshell on the world recycling business: They cut back almost all imports of trash. And now a lot of that plastic gets shipped to other countries that don’t have the capacity to recycle it or dispose of it safely. Continue Reading Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?
Genetically engineered salmon are one step closer to winding up on store shelves, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted an import ban. It’s a move that’s concerning to tribes, food groups and environmentalists. Continue Reading Genetically Engineered Salmon Swim Closer To Store Shelves, Concerning Tribes And Food Groups
Democrats in the Washington Legislature want to revive a tax break for buyers of electric cars, which critics view as wasteful and unnecessary. Meanwhile, a publicly-financed rebate for battery-powered cars in Oregon is finding thousands of takers. Continue Reading Incentives For Electric Car Buyers? Yes In Oregon, Maybe In Washington
Park Superintendent Christine Lehnertz has been cleared of allegations of creating a hostile work environment in a report by the Inspector General of the Interior Department. Continue Reading ‘Unfounded’ Bullying Accusations Sidelined Head Of Grand Canyon For 5 Months
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Friday what political observers in his state have been expecting for months: He’s running for president, and focusing his campaign on climate change. But how strong is his record tackling, in his words, “the most urgent challenge of our time”? Continue Reading Jay Inslee Says He’s The 2020 Climate Candidate. What Does His Record Say?
Electric utilities in Washington would have to phase out all coal power, and eventually, natural gas-fired generation under a measure passed by the state Senate last week. The 100 percent clean electricity mandate is a priority of Gov. Jay Inslee and environmental groups, but Republican critics decried it as a big rate increase in the making. Continue Reading Clean Electricity Rule To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Plants Moves Closer To Passage In Washington
As wolves return to the Northwest, deer have taken notice. Researchers found deer in Washington change how they react when wolves are near – and that could eventually change how hunters hunt. Continue Reading The Way Deer Escape Wolves Could Change How Hunters Hunt
The Natural Resource Management Act includes a little of everything — meant to satisfy public land interests all over the country.
The land-conservation measures have received a lot of attention. But there are other provisions in the bill concerning the Northwest, among them wildfire risk, research and air quality resources, hunting on public lands, water management for the Yakima Valley. Continue Reading Congress Passes Big Public Lands Protection Bill. Washington’s Methow And Yakima Valleys Benefit
Washington could soon join the ranks of its West Coast neighbors, requiring fuels at the pump that produce less carbon pollution. A low-carbon fuels bill passed its first big test Monday, moving out of the House Appropriations Committee. Continue Reading Washington May Soon Join Its West Coast Neighbors In Mandating Lower Carbon Fuels
On Friday, Canadian regulators endorsed the long-fought oil pipeline, which would bring more oil vessels through Washington state waters. The Canadian government proposal would lengthen the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which would allow the country to ship more oil overseas and bring in higher prices. Now, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to approve it. Continue Reading Canadian Regulators OK Trans Mountain Pipeline, With Impacts On Traffic Through Washington Waters