Environment http://kplu.org en Coal Opponents Point To Weak Finances Of Company Behind Proposed Terminals http://kplu.org/post/coal-opponents-point-weak-finances-company-behind-proposed-terminals <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164195807&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Oregon regulators’ <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-agency-rejects-coal-terminal-columbia-river">rejection of a proposed coal export terminal</a> on the Columbia River is just the latest hurdle for the energy company behind it, according to anti-coal activists.</p><p>The activists are asking Washington officials to consider&nbsp;Ambre&nbsp;Energy’s finances before allowing a terminal it’s involved in at Longview, Washington.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:05:06 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18237 at http://kplu.org Coal Opponents Point To Weak Finances Of Company Behind Proposed Terminals UW Study: Despite 'Hiatus' In Rising Temps, Oceans Show Globe Still Warming http://kplu.org/post/uw-study-despite-hiatus-rising-temps-oceans-show-globe-still-warming <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164169802&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite widespread concern about global warming, rising air temperatures have actually slowed down dramatically over the past 15 years. This so-called “hiatus” has posed a big puzzle for climate scientists. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at the University of Washington looked deep into the oceans for answers, and found that despite the surficial evidence, climate change has not stopped.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:01:11 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18225 at http://kplu.org UW Study: Despite 'Hiatus' In Rising Temps, Oceans Show Globe Still Warming EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley http://kplu.org/post/epa-says-idaho-must-clean-air-silver-valley <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164144521&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency has&nbsp;given the state of Idaho notice&nbsp;that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.</p><p>One likely target will be pollution from wood burning. Wood stoves and outdoor burning are major contributors to air pollution throughout the Northwest, including Idaho's Silver Valley.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:45:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 18224 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor Promises Better Facilities, More Accountability With New Park District http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-promises-better-facilities-more-accountability-new-park-district <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164033778&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As the city of Seattle prepares to put in place its new voter-approved park district,&nbsp;Seattle Mayor Ed Murray&nbsp;says citizens can expect both better facilities and more accountability.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:14:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18216 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor Promises Better Facilities, More Accountability With New Park District Oregon Agency Rejects Coal Terminal On The Columbia River http://kplu.org/post/oregon-agency-rejects-coal-terminal-columbia-river <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing. It's also a win for Washington state, said&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18.399999618530273px; line-height: 37.33333206176758px;">Kimberly Larsen with the group Climate Solutions.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:24:41 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 18199 at http://kplu.org As Life Rebounds, Rangers Offer Tour Of Elwha's Once-Underwater Landscapes http://kplu.org/post/life-rebounds-rangers-offer-tour-elwhas-once-underwater-landscapes <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163714401&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With crews working to remove the last of the second dam on the Elwha River, Olympia National Park officials are inviting the public to take a guided tour of land that sat underwater just two years ago.</p><p>Lake Aldwell&nbsp;disappeared after the removal of the Elwha&nbsp;Dam, revealing “a fascinating, up-close look at shifting sediments, both old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago, and the river re-establishing itself,” according to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym/parknews/ranger-guided-elwha-discovery-walks.htm" target="_blank">the National Park Service</a>.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:42:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18194 at http://kplu.org As Life Rebounds, Rangers Offer Tour Of Elwha's Once-Underwater Landscapes Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys http://kplu.org/post/triple-rescue-and-rehab-ends-well-lucky-ospreys <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163326342&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">One of these ospreys was rescued by BPA linemen last week as it dangled from its nest in a tangle of plastic baling twine near Kennewick, Washington. The other two were pushed out of a different nest near Burbank, Washington, when their mother thrashed about in a wad of derelict fishing net.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:01:29 +0000 Tom Banse 18182 at http://kplu.org Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys Head Of EPA Tours Puget Sound, Supports Congressional Cleanup Caucus http://kplu.org/post/head-epa-tours-puget-sound-supports-congressional-cleanup-caucus <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163063687&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>She’s been called President Obama’s “green quarterback.” Gina McCarthy is the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and she's known for tackling sources of climate change. And now she’s shining a light on efforts to clean up Puget Sound.</p><p>McCarthy met with government officials and community groups in Tacoma on Wednesday and toured Commencement Bay by boat to learn more about what still needs to be done.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18152 at http://kplu.org Head Of EPA Tours Puget Sound, Supports Congressional Cleanup Caucus Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status http://kplu.org/post/feds-decide-wolverine-does-not-merit-threatened-species-status <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162886469&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list, after all. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=CB5069E7-CFB9-BC06-C70E63988DF271A7" target="_blank">is unwarranted at this time</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wolverine is making a slow comeback from the brink of extinction in the Lower 48 states. But shrinking mountain snow packs caused by global warming could reverse those gains.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:00:43 +0000 Tom Banse 18127 at http://kplu.org Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status WSU Researchers Collaborating With Feds In Effort To Bring Back Bumblebees http://kplu.org/post/wsu-researchers-collaborating-feds-effort-bring-back-bumblebees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162728332&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Some scientists are going to great lengths to help the agreeable Western bumblebee make a comeback.</p><p>You might not have noticed, but this important pollinator of both flowers and greenhouse crops has nearly disappeared from the landscape. An introduced fungal disease is suspected of decimating populations of the fat and furry Western bumblebee (<em>Bombus occidentalis</em>).</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 18113 at http://kplu.org WSU Researchers Collaborating With Feds In Effort To Bring Back Bumblebees Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse? http://kplu.org/post/wildfire-severity-really-getting-worse <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162736189&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It might seem like fire season is as bad as it's ever been. But there's a group of researchers who question that prevailing wisdom.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Tom Banse 18116 at http://kplu.org Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse? Native Groups, Environmentalists Rally To 'Protect Our Salish Sea' http://kplu.org/post/native-groups-environmentalists-rally-protect-our-salish-sea <p>Flanked by Puget Sound on one side and railroad tracks on the other, dozens of people gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Monday to bring attention to protecting the Salish Sea — the waters of Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The coalition of environmental groups and Native Americans voiced their opposition to the increased traffic in coal- and oil trains, as well as the proposed coal terminals that would be built in Longview and on the Great&nbsp;</span>Lummi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Nation’s sacred burial ground.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:30:17 +0000 Alison Marcotte 18119 at http://kplu.org Native Groups, Environmentalists Rally To 'Protect Our Salish Sea' New Ocean Acidification Monitors Could Protect Nation's $70 Billion Fisheries Industry http://kplu.org/post/new-ocean-acidification-monitors-could-protect-nations-70-billion-fisheries-industry <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162753435&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Federal scientists and their supporters are seeking increased funding to monitor ocean acidification in an effort to gather additional environmental intelligence.</p><p>U.S Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Begich&nbsp;of Alaska toured a lab in Seattle Monday to see the latest technology and highlight their hopes of making ocean acidification monitoring a national priority.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:10:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18118 at http://kplu.org New Ocean Acidification Monitors Could Protect Nation's $70 Billion Fisheries Industry Gallery: Supermoon Over Western Wash. http://kplu.org/post/gallery-supermoon-over-western-wash <p>Did you catch the supermoon over the weekend? Lucky for us, several Seattle-area photographers did.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:49:13 +0000 KPLU News Staff 18099 at http://kplu.org Gallery: Supermoon Over Western Wash. Crews At Work On Slow, Expensive Disposal Of Notorious Derelict Vessel Helena Star http://kplu.org/post/crews-work-slow-expensive-disposal-notorious-derelict-vessel-helena-star <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162339754&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A poster child for Washington state’s problem with abandoned boats is at a shipyard in Seattle. The notorious Helena Star is being scrapped by&nbsp;Stabbert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Maritime in Ballard.</span></p><p>The decrepit vessel once made headlines as a drug-smuggling ship; in 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard seized the ship off the coast of Washington with $75 million worth of marijuana on board. Now it’s <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/FV.HelenaStar.GoldenWest/FV.HelenaStar&amp;GoldenWest.html">an object lesson on how and why</a> the process of cleanup and recovery of abandoned boats is so complex and expensive.</p><p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:08:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 18086 at http://kplu.org Crews At Work On Slow, Expensive Disposal Of Notorious Derelict Vessel Helena Star