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
Lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are considering bills that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide to reduce plastic pollution. Continue Reading Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans In Washington And Oregon
Eastern Oregon may soon be home to a next-generation renewable energy project. Portland General Electric is making plans to build the country’s first large-scale energy facility that combines wind turbines, solar panels and battery storage. Continue Reading Utility Plans 1st-Of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Site In Eastern Oregon
Broecker was an early advocate for reducing fossil fuels to avoid the disruptive effects of climate change and brought the term “global warming” into the mainstream. Continue Reading ‘Grandfather Of Climate Science’ Wallace Broecker Dies At 87
A new rule proposed by Interior in December appears designed to make it harder for public interest groups like Western Values Project to get public records. The rule would give the agency greater discretion over how it handles public records requests. Continue Reading Interior Department’s Push To Limit Public Records Requests Draws Criticism
Before you wrap up that date with your special someone, there’s something else conservationists hope you wrap up as well … for the love of wildlife. They say preventing unplanned pregnancies could actually help save endangered species. Continue Reading To Save Endangered Species, Conservationists Want You To ‘Wrap It Up’
The chemicals, which are linked to health problems, have contaminated drinking water and soil in many parts of the United States. Critics say the EPA is not acting fast enough to limit them. Continue Reading EPA Says It Plans To Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough For Critics