Over those years, the genial, soft-spoken Michigan professor and researcher has spent two months each summer living in a rustic, three-room cabin on the island, observing the mating rituals, nesting, egg-laying, and the hatching and fledging of the glaucous winged gulls that breed there by the thousands.
One thing is clear: we can and must make space for climate change if we hope to recover and protect our northwest salmon.
The environmental community has much to celebrate, having fought the clear cutting of old growth in the Tongas back to 1980 when Congress passed the Alaska Lands Act.
If our goal is to depend more on alternative energy, then promoting efforts for sustainable mining both on land and in the ocean is in our interest.
When people say to me, ‘They are just like us,’ the first thing that flashes through my mind is, don’t flatter yourself.”
You don’t have to live in the suburbs to spot native beavers building dams and raising kits inside the city. There are sightings along creeks and trailways in large parks, and this is the best time of the year to spot mothers and their young.
The legislation is an apparent win for environmentalists. But the story is actually far more complex.
Resolutions over the water in the Klamath Basin keep running into two tough problems. There isn't enough water to go around, and the environmental groups are split.
The mills are long closed, but the battle is not ended. Cheered on by the Alaska delegation, the Trump Administration last year rescinded, in the Tongass, the Carter-era “Roadless Rule” which blocked construction of new roads into unlogged national forest land. The move was designed to open 186,000 acres of old growth forest to commercial logging.
Biden, in an executive order on climate policy signed last January, directed Cabinet secretaries to set the stage to “achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.” The same executive order spoke of creating a Civilian Climate Corps modeled after FDR’s successful Civilian Conservation Corps which built much of the West’s recreation infrastructure.
Intelligent, dedicated residents in Washington's coastal communities provided the leadership to overcome political inertia and partisan stupidity. The groundwork for safety has been laid, so when the next big wave comes, physical damage will be great, but the horrors recalled in myth and legend need not be repeated.
Some areas are in drastic shape, but those declines have been offset by remarkable increases in Elliott Bay. Much of the activity takes place along Alki Beach and off the Olympic Sculpture Garden.
When COVID-19 exploded out of Wuhan, different countries reacted in different ways. Countries which had experienced either SARS, MERS, or the last major round...
Citizen science, sometimes referred to as “community science,” is a big deal these days. Researchers at the University of Washington recently estimated that 1.3 million citizen volunteers had participated in 388 research projects in just one area of research – biodiversity.
Our snow-cone mountains will still look snowy in winter, but plenty of people alive today will live to see Rainier, Adams, Baker, Hood, and, of course, Glacier Peak lose their whiteness completely during the summer, the way forcefully de-glaciered St. Helen's does now.
The Edwards clan, who saved the Trumpeter swans from extinction, is long gone from Lonesome Lake, its farm buildings destroyed by a long-ago forest fire. A “re-wilding” has taken place at the lake, surrounded by the wilderness of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. What a wild place it is!
Because we’re fans of both transparency and of getting to the bottom of things, we were happy to see this pop up at the Public Disclosure Commission a few days after the story ran, in which Clean Fuel Washington reveals that it is neither particularly Washington nor particularly clean.
“The Northwest snowpack went CRAZY in February, going from nearly normal to way above normal,” the Cliff Mass Weather Blog reported.
Understanding Democrats who voted against a stricter clean fuels standard, and an alternative to Carlyle’s cap-and-trade plan gets a hearing in his committee
Opponents of the bill had the usual allies, but they also had opponents in the Democratic camp, fearful of crossing unions. Another factor was Covid, which slowed negotiations, so opponents were able to run out the clock.
The coastal plain has been subject to a 40-year struggle. It is vital to existence of the 100,000-plus animals of the Porcupine herd, but Alaska politicians have long sought to drill in the Refuge.
The Olympic Peninsula has become a living laboratory of efforts to restore and reestablish fish runs.
Timothy Egan, in his book The Good Rain, put it best: “The Northwest is anywhere a salmon can get to.” But few can get to Idaho's Salmon River.
Biden is off to a fast start, and Team Biden has a common theme: carbon transition means lots of jobs. But industry and GOP allies in Congress are armed and ready for the assault.
Cracks have started appearing in Inslee's ambitious proposals. To bond or not to bond? Fuels tax or cap-and-trade? Old bargains or the new imperative of environmental justice?
Biden is not stopping with the Arctic Refuge. Initial executive orders include canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, stopped by President Obama in 2015 but revived by Trump in 2017. He is immediately rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, three years after Trump took the United States out of the agreement to begin curbing climate change.
Snohomish County, once known for its timber mills, is now part of a major technology corridor. Its inhabitants have turned to the out-of-doors, witness hundreds of cars parked at the Maple Pass trailhead off the North Cascades Highway, or lineups on the Teanaway Road during the “golden week” when needles on larch trees change color.
It’s puzzling why people who know it’s a bad idea to cut the carbon-sequestering forests of the Amazon don’t seem to realize the significance of the great coniferous forests close to home.
The World Resources Institute, on Monday, called the bill “one of the most significant pieces of climate legislation that Congress has passed in its history.”
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is no longer a toilet. In his phone call to Gov. Inslee, Premier Horgan joked that the “Victoria flush” should have stopped in 1894.