Environment http://kplu.org en King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/king-county-council-resolution-calls-coal-ban-wash-state <p>King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing&nbsp;<a href="http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1468746&amp;GUID=D61E14B9-C219-4C9C-B579-5EAE7F049C04&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=2013-0386" target="_blank">a resolution&nbsp;</a>banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>King County Council member Larry Philips is leading the charge to bring the county on board with what towns and cities all over the region have already done: saying loud and clear that coal is not the answer to the future of energy. The opponents are calling for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports" target="_blank">a comprehensive environmental review</a> of the effects of a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:32:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11370 at http://kplu.org King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions http://kplu.org/post/feds-testing-drones-scientific-and-environmental-missions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re the tools of modern-day warfare: unmanned aircraft systems better known as drones.</span></p><p>They’re also being tested to help carry out important scientific missions, including surveys of wildlife and marine debris in the <a href="http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">National Marine Sanctuary</a> off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9273 at http://kplu.org Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions Scientists solve mystery of the mounds under Hood Canal http://kplu.org/post/scientists-solve-mystery-mounds-under-hood-canal <p>Washington scientists guessed that mysterious mounds hundreds of feet below the surface of Hood Canal were deposited by Ice Age glaciers or built up by natural gas seeps or geothermal vents.</p><p>After taking a closer look with a remote control camera they have another theory.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:05:16 +0000 The Associated Press 7247 at http://kplu.org Scientists solve mystery of the mounds under Hood Canal Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections http://kplu.org/post/sea-level-rising-much-faster-un-projections A new peer-reviewed study by climate scientists finds the rise in sea level during the past two decades has been 60 percent faster than predictions from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.<p>The scientists also found that IPCC's estimates for warming temperatures was just right.<p><a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/28/15512957-sea-level-rose-60-percent-faster-than-un-projections-study-finds?lite">NBC News explains:</a><p><blockquote><p>"'Global warming has not slowed down or is lagging behind the projections,' lead author Stefan Rahmstorf, a research Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:39 +0000 7229 at http://kplu.org Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections Supreme Court upholds stricter mine permitting http://kplu.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-stricter-mine-permitting <p></p><p>HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that a mining company must go through a stricter permitting process before it can build a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:37:04 +0000 The Associated Press 6902 at http://kplu.org Sweden wants your trash to generate energy http://kplu.org/post/sweden-wants-your-trash-generate-energy Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.<p>Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according to <a href="http://www.avfallsverige.se/fileadmin/uploads/forbranning_eng.pdf">Swedish Waste Management</a>. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:33:16 +0000 6869 at http://kplu.org Sweden wants your trash to generate energy Coastal marshes yield history of Northwest quakes, tsunamis http://kplu.org/post/coastal-marshes-yield-history-northwest-quakes-tsunamis PORTLAND - Native American legends collected on the Pacific Northwest coast speak of battles between supernatural beings that made the ground shake and caused great floods. Those stories can't tell us how often great earthquakes occur here or how high tsunami waves have reached. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:14:07 +0000 Tom Banse 6812 at http://kplu.org Coastal marshes yield history of Northwest quakes, tsunamis Judge to consider cross-border Columbia River pollution case http://kplu.org/post/judge-consider-cross-border-columbia-river-pollution-case YAKIMA, Wash. - Wednesday, a federal judge in Yakima will consider a long-running case about cross border pollution in the Columbia River. The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington are trying to force cleanup of heavy metals dumped in the river for nearly a hundred years by a Canadian smelter.<p>Lawyers for Teck Metals, the Colville Tribes and state of Washington have agreed on some basic facts. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:42:29 +0000 6665 at http://kplu.org Judge to consider cross-border Columbia River pollution case Wash. Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional http://kplu.org/post/wash-supreme-court-says-pollution-tax-constitutional <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:37:11 +0000 The Associated Press 6597 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain http://kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-plant-wheat-dust-hope-rain PROSSER, Wash. – Most of us may be enjoying the fall sunshine, but Northwest wheat farmers are instead wishing for a little rain.<p>Nicole Berg digs her clean-up-to-now nails into the dry crusty soil on her farm.<p>About four to five inches down, there still isn’t any hint of past rain.<p>A few farmers did get some showers. Despite high-tech forecasts, Berg says often knowing when to plant still comes down to a hunch, decades of experience and an old wheat farmer adage.<p>“On a good year, yes we’d be seeding right now," Berg says. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:43:05 +0000 Anna King 6593 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers plant wheat in dust, hope for rain WSU study: GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds' http://kplu.org/post/wsu-study-gmo-crops-need-more-herbicide-fend-superweeds According to a new study out of Washington State University, farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response the rise of so-called “superweeds.”<p>The new study analyzes 16 years of federal data on the nation’s corn, soybean and cotton fields. It finds growers with crops engineered to be herbicide resistant are now putting millions more pounds of weed killer on their fields than farmers who grow the non-modified variety.<p>The findings were published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:32:57 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6568 at http://kplu.org WSU study: GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds' Study: Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild http://kplu.org/post/study-hatchery-fish-can-succeed-if-bred-wild <p></p><p>GRANTS PASS, Ore. – New research has found that a hatchery using wild salmon to spawn the next generation can help rebuild endangered salmon runs without passing on genetic problems that threaten future generations.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:13:21 +0000 The Associated Press 6551 at http://kplu.org Study: Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild Scientist cleared in polar bear controversy popularizing global warming http://kplu.org/post/scientist-cleared-polar-bear-controversy-popularizing-global-warming A long, controversial investigation of a polar bear scientist has ended with his government employer saying it does not look like he engaged in any scientific misconduct.<p>Charles Monnett is a wildlife researcher with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the Department of the Interior. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:18:53 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 6535 at http://kplu.org Scientist cleared in polar bear controversy popularizing global warming Scientist who reported drowned polar bears reprimanded http://kplu.org/post/scientist-who-reported-drowned-polar-bears-reprimanded <p>JUNEAU, Alaska – An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents.</p><p>An Interior Department official says emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval of an oil company's Arctic exploration plan.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:18:12 +0000 The Associated Press 6534 at http://kplu.org Scientist who reported drowned polar bears reprimanded Tree cutting by heli-skiing outfit criticized http://kplu.org/post/tree-cutting-heli-skiing-outfit-criticized <p></p><p>MAZAMA, Wash. — Officials say numerous high elevation trees – some of them apparently hundreds of years old – were cut down or topped in the North Cascades last winter by a Mazama-based helicopter skiing company.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:52:19 +0000 The Associated Press 6526 at http://kplu.org