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A northern pike dropoff station at the Tribal Trails gas station near Kettle Falls, Washington. CREDIT Scott A. Leadingham/NWPB

Wanted Dead (Not Alive): Tribes, State Target Invasive Salmon-Killing Pike In Washington

Three Washington Native tribes are joining two state agencies and two public utility districts in targeting the northern pike. That’s a big species of fish that’s caught for sport in the upper Midwest, but which fisheries biologists say poses huge potential damage to Northwest salmon runs. Continue Reading Wanted Dead (Not Alive): Tribes, State Target Invasive Salmon-Killing Pike In Washington

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Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with reporters following a talk on climate change at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, Jan. 22, 2019. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS/N3

Jay Inslee Unveils Campaign Climate Plan: Cut U.S. Greenhouse Emissions In Half By 2030

Campaigning for president in California on Friday, Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee called for all new cars and new buildings to be carbon-free by 2030 and all electricity to go carbon-free by 2035. Inslee’s announcement at a press event in Los Angeles marks his first concrete policy idea since launching his campaign two months ago on a platform of combating climate change. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Unveils Campaign Climate Plan: Cut U.S. Greenhouse Emissions In Half By 2030

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Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania is one of 80 sites around the country where some 80,000 metric tons of nuclear waste is stored. CREDIT: Olivia Sun/NPR

As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It

As nuclear and radioactive waste piles up, private companies are stepping in with their own solutions for the nation’s radioactive spent fuel. One is proposing a temporary storage site in New Mexico, and another is seeking a license for a site in Texas. But most experts agree that what’s needed is a permanent site, like Yucca Mountain, that doesn’t require humans to manage it. Continue Reading As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It

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Elise Walker poses for a portrait with her Great Pyrenees, Mina, on Monday, April 22, 2019, at her home on Old Highway 97 in Okanogan. Walker has three scanners in her home playing at all times to monitor fire calls. CREDIT:KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Snow Melts, Anxiety Rises: Wildfire Season Is Here

As wildfires become more frequent and intense, the disappearance of snow now ushers in a season of higher anxiety for those who have experienced the destruction of wildfire. And this spring feels particularly ominous, with water levels in ponds and lakes already exposing bathtub rings of pale earth that wouldn’t normally be visible until the end of the dry summer months. Continue Reading Snow Melts, Anxiety Rises: Wildfire Season Is Here

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Washington legislators revived a lapsed tax incentives for electric car purchases, effective August 1, 2019. CREDIT: TOM BANSE / NW NEWS NETWORK

Washington Lawmakers Revive Tax Break For Electric Vehicle Buyers

In their last minute dash to adjournment Sunday, Washington state legislators revived a lapsed sales tax break for buyers of electric cars. The resurrected incentive will be similar in value to a publicly-funded rebate for battery-powered cars that Oregon now offers.

A valuable tax break for buyers of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in Washington expired last May. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Revive Tax Break For Electric Vehicle Buyers

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