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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Unrelenting Grays: Native Myths About Endless Rain

One might wonder why Native stories wished for more rain in damp, dark Seattle, but spring floods signal salmon to return to spawning rivers where people caught them.

The Case Against The Growing Environmental Disaster Of Tourism

Seattle, which has declared its desire to cut carbon emissions in the region, has instead fallen behind, coming up well shy of its reduction goals. One of the big culprits? Phenomenal growth in air traffic in and out of Sea-Tac, where passenger traffic increased from 34.8 million in 2013 to 49.8 million in 2018, an annual growth of about 8 percent.

Lawsuit: Who Should Benefit From Revenue From State Forests?

Can Washington manage its vast forests in part to, say, slow climate change or protect drinking water, or must it manage them exclusively to generate money for public school construction and the budgets of cash-strapped counties? This question is not merely rhetorical.

The Northwest’s Ancient Cathedrals (And Our Obligation To Them)

Lumbermen in a few decades scythed away our forest cover that was a wonder of the world. Centuries must pass before any of that grandeur returns.

Don’t Get Shot! Will Gray Wolves Be Dropped From The Endangered Species List?

If wolves lose all federal protection, as is now threatened, they still have the state. But Washington state policy looks uncertain.

Are We Going To Save Orcas Or Not? Another Blow to Chinook Salmon

"Fishery managers and NOAA could resolve this by moving Southeast Alaska’s Chinook fishery in or near the Alaskan rivers where their Chinook were born, allowing Chinook from down the coast to migrate back to their home rivers along the coast, and giving Southern Resident killer whales a chance to feed.”

Shark Tank: Does Seattle Really Need One?

What do sharks have to do with Puget Sound? They draw crowds. One way out of this problem could be virtual reality. That's what is proposed in Sarasota, where the sharks and whales will be virtual, not captive.

A Seattle Forester Sizes Up The Culture Wars on Australian Fires

Fires and fire conditions are the new normal, and not just in Australia. So is controversy about causes and prevention of the fires.

Economy and Ecology: Sibling Rivals For Our Planetary Predicament

All too often, natural scientists and economists seem to be talking past each other. The scientists propound values—biodiversity, ecosystem integrity, the elusive but essential quality of “wildness”—that are not readily measurable in financial terms, hence not considered by traditional economists.

Another Study, Another Impasse on Breaching the Snake River Dams

There’s no way to cast the recent report as substantive progress. Or to see it as evidence of Jay Inslee's gubernatorial leadership.