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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Wild Side: The Animal World Revealed when we Sheltered in Place.

Everything from house finches and hydrangea to cavorting rabbits is putting on a show—flashing colors and trilling arpeggios. Our lockdown is their liberation.

COVID Debate on Lives Versus Jobs: Tacoma Remembers this One

Bill Ruckelshaus made the nearby residents of Tacoma's ASARCO smelter face the choice: kill a few people a year from arsenic, or gamble to save 575 jobs?

Pacific Dogwood, Eye of Coyote, Offers Many Gifts of the Forest

In springtime Coyote transforms the world. When he opens his crimson eye, the world blooms. The dogwood tree is his sign and his promise that life is greater than death.

Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

Climate Politics: At Last Some Reasons to Hope

One decision is to give up on the Republicans, rather than trying to woo them into some marginal concessions, since they have obviously been "bought." The effort now is to unify the Left, not seek a center.

Climate Change And Dubious Science Threaten The Canada Lynx In U.S. Mountain Forests

“Lynx are good sentinel species for climate change,” says Dan Thornton, an assistant professor in Washington State University's School of the Environment.. “They are like an early warning system for what’s going to happen to other climate sensitive species.”

Unglamorous But Useful: Behold the Wild Choke Cherry

The choke cherry’s beautiful bark is its claim to fame. Native people used strips buffed to a gorgeous copper to imbricate designs on baskets.

Earth Day At 50: Present At The Creation, Anxious At The Birthday

Fifty years later, we seem to be approaching another important transition, pushed by the dual threats of a second Trump term and fear of global pandemic. Democrats have been slow to mount an aggressive climate-change agenda, and the dominance of pandemic news and fears does not bode well for climate to influence the November election.

Planting Trees Will Help Reduce Carbon, But You Have To Do It Right

Here in the Pacific Northwest -- at least the dank western part of the region -- planting trees seems a natural. If there's one thing we can do here, it's grow trees. And we should. But not every place is Western Washington or Oregon. And even here, there are caveats.

A Carbon Primer: Our Friend and Nemesis

The trouble we face now isn’t that carbon dioxide is an alien force, or even in and of itself problematic. There is just too much of it. And more all the time. And way too fast.