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Marine organisms like these gooseneck barnacles are crossing the Pacific Ocean to North America by hitching rides on floating debris composed of man-made materials — mostly plastic. Courtesy of Russ Lewis

Plastic’s New Threat: Indestructible Rafts For Ocean-Crossing Invasive Species

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Fukushima, Japan, also triggered tsunami warnings for our coastlines here in the Pacific Northwest. And while the resulting waves did not turn out to be catastrophic when they reached our local shores, those same forces delivered a wake-up call. Continue Reading Plastic’s New Threat: Indestructible Rafts For Ocean-Crossing Invasive Species

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A mobile home park destroyed by last year's wildfire in Paradise, California. Those rebuilding homes and lives say they're getting contradictory messages about whether the water is safe to drink. CREDIT: Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Trouble In Paradise: Water Uncertainty Frustrates Victims Of California’s Devastating 2018 Wildfire

After the 2018 Camp Fire, scientists detected dangerous levels of cancer-causing benzenes from burned plastics in some water lines. Recent tests show the problem has not gone away. Chronic exposure to benzenes can heighten the risk of blood cancers such as leukemia. Continue Reading Trouble In Paradise: Water Uncertainty Frustrates Victims Of California’s Devastating 2018 Wildfire

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Wolves on a trail camera near Republic, Wash., in Ferry County. Courtesy of University of Washington

Lawsuit Seeks To Block Washington State From Killing Wolves

A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to prevent the state of Washington from killing more wolves from a pack that is preying on cattle. The Maryland-based Center for a Humane Economy filed the suit in King County Superior Court, contending too many wolves have been killed as a way to protect livestock at a single ranch in the Kettle River Range in Ferry County. Continue Reading Lawsuit Seeks To Block Washington State From Killing Wolves

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Four-year-old Niuniu, who has late-stage neuroblastoma, a malignant cancer of the nervous system, sits on a bench while his mother pays his medical bills after getting tested for his fifth round of chemotherapy at Shanghai Children's Hospital in 2013. CREDIT: ALY SONG/REUTERS

What’s The Toll Of Childhood Cancer? 11 Million Years Of Human Potential Every Year, Study Says

What does the world lose when a child gets cancer? Out of 2.2 billion children worldwide, more than 416,500 children are diagnosed and 142,300 are estimated to die from the disease each year. Now researchers have calculated the impact in more defined terms. Childhood cancer’s toll amounts to a total of more than 11 million lost healthy years each year. Continue Reading What’s The Toll Of Childhood Cancer? 11 Million Years Of Human Potential Every Year, Study Says

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In this April 11, 2019 photo, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, listens to debate on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia. Jinkins became the first woman elected House Speaker in Washington history on July 31, 2019. CREDIT: TED S. WARREN/AP

Rep. Laurie Jinkins Selected As First Woman House Speaker In Washington History

Washington House Democrats have selected Rep. Laurie Jinkins to serve as the state’s first woman speaker of the House. The historic vote today in SeaTac ushers in a new era in Washington politics following a 20-year reign by Frank Chopp of Seattle, who was the state’s longest serving speaker of the House. Continue Reading Rep. Laurie Jinkins Selected As First Woman House Speaker In Washington History

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