Pacific Northwest residents are getting a taste of climate change’s future this month — with a blanket of smoke from wildfires in British Columbia covering the region and heat waves in cities like Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA.
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Solar Incentives Jobs Bill earlier this month, promising support that will help carry the market until the clean energy technology becomes affordable enough to survive without federal tax incentives — due to phase out beginning in 2019.
The Pacific Northwest is proving that grassroots action against the fossil fuel industry can work, and the strategies they’re using can be used anywhere.
When the news broke in February that the West’s largest coal plant, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, was slated to close in 2019, years earlier than expected, environmentalists celebrated. But Navajo leaders scrambled to work out a deal to keep the plant open — arguing it employed hundreds of Navajo members…
An Oregon man could face decades behind bars for his part in a coordinated direct action that disrupted the flow of millions of gallons of tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
“Monsanto helped to create the problem and should be a part of the solution,” said Marlene Feist, utilities director of strategic development in Spokane, WA.
Climate change has caused a reproductive justice crisis, activists say, as its projected impacts lead some to question how they could have a baby with such an uncertain future.
A Washington state tribe trying to stop a planned oil terminal expansion near its reservation says grassroots resistance is working—citing a trend of similar proposals being dropped in the state and the success of the sustained resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
Scientists and others who work with the topic of climate change have reported having nightmares about its impacts.
GRANDVIEW, WA — Plumes of dust blowing off of piles of manure, the smell of ammonia in the air, polluted groundwater, and a deadly birth defect cluster have residents of Yakima’s Lower Valley worried a new state permit meant to regulate dairy farms won’t do enough to protect their communities.
EUGENE, Ore.—‘The most important lawsuit on the planet right now’ was born in a small, unassuming office on a tree-lined street in the liberal Oregon city of Eugene.
A carbon tax on the ballot this November could be Washington state’s last chance to reduce emissions before it’s too late, advocates say, but environmental and social justice groups say it doesn’t do enough to protect the most vulnerable families.
MOSIER, Oregon — “We were here working when suddenly we heard a ‘POW’ and we thought it was an earthquake,” said Yun Choi, owner of Mosier Market in Mosier, OR, a town of about 400 located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
“What’s special about Shishmaref is that we’re all family,” said Esau Sinnok, an 18-year-old climate activist from Shishmaref, a native village in western Alaska that might have to relocate because of climate change.
RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash.—High in the alpine meadows surrounding Washington state’s Mount Rainier, Native American tribes gathered huckleberries and other traditional plants every autumn for thousands of years.
Across the United States, development has put countless native plant species at risk. While this is especially the case in urban or agricultural areas, on undeveloped land invasive plant species still often crowd out critical indigenous ones. More and more, the 40 millions acres of lawn across the country offer an…
Millions of mice, rats, fish, birds and other animals are killed in the name of science every year in the United States. A new bipartisan bill that passed the U.S. Senate on June 7 and now awaits a presidential signature to become law aims to curb this practice in favor of more animal-friendly—and often quicker and…
KAUAI, Hawaii—When botanist Steven Perlman first started working with the Brighamia insignis, a critically endangered Hawaiian flower species, there were still several hundred of them left in the wild.
"The run of salmon in the Klamath River this year is the heaviest it has ever known. There are millions of fish below the falls near Keno, and it is said that a man with a gaff could easily land a hundred of the salmon in an hour, in fact they could be caught as fast as a man could pull them in."