Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999 and covered the business and labor beat for more than a decade. She now covers the environment beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany freelancing for NPR and working as a producer for Deutsche Welle TV after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.

Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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Alternative Energy
4:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies

Solar panels on the roofs of houses in the Bavarian village of Eitting near Munich, Germany.
Riex Flickr via Compfight

A delegation from Germany recently paid Washington’s clean tech lobby a visit. At a meeting in Seattle, the delegation, whose country's emphasis on renewable energy has made it a global leader in the sector, presented some of the lessons local companies are learning from the German example.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

On Tap: Cooler, Cloudier Weekend With Chance Of Showers

The summer sun sets over Elliott Bay.
Tim Durkan

If you love sunshine, Friday’s the day to get out and enjoy it.

The cooling trend we’ve been experiencing will continue this weekend and even bring some rain with it, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Layoffs
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

More than 1,300 Microsoft employees in the Puget Sound region got their pink slips Thursday as part of announced cuts to the worldwide workforce that could total 18,000 by the end of the year — the biggest in the company’s history.

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Energy Exports
10:33 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers

File image
AP Photo

Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks'

A pollinating moth Manduca sexta, this one with a wing span of about 4 inches, feeds from a Sacred Dutura, or Datura wrightii, flower.
Courtesy of Kiley Riffell

As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:16 am
Fri July 4, 2014

A Lovely Fourth Of July Weekend On Tap With Chance Of Clouds Saturday

Doug Mahugh

Sunny skies on the Fourth of July are not something to take for granted in Seattle. But revelers can count their blessings this year, as the clouds are expected to burn off and give way to a decent day for picnics and fireworks displays, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“Much better than some other Fourth of Julys,” Mass said.

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Fair Housing
8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building

"We deserve better. We are human beings," said Theodora resident Harold Echtinaw, who says he moved there in November 2005. He is among the tenants who formed the Theodora Rescue Committee to file suit against its sale to a private developer.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

A group of disabled and elderly tenants being priced out of a Seattle apartment building are striking back.

Several residents of the Theodora Apartments in Ravenna have filed suit under federal fair housing laws. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:18 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Dose Of June Gloom This Weekend, But Sunnier Outlook For The Fourth Of July

Tim Durkan

Keep your rain gear handy if you’re headed outside this weekend. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says we’re starting to pay for the drier-than-usual June we’ve had this year.

But Mass says sunny days are around the corner; things will improve by the Fourth of July weekend.

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Marine Life
12:10 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other

An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 from a federal research vessel.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Ever hear an orca speak? Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island: 

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Marine Life
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Key To Saving Endangered Orcas: Chinook Salmon, Says Local Expert

FILE -- In this file photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and shot Oct. 29, 2013, orca whales from the J and K pods swim past a small research boat on Puget Sound in view of downtown Seattle.
AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries Service, Candice Emmons

Following the release of a federal report on the state of endangered orcas, one local researcher says there's one factor that matters more to the whales' wellness than toxins and vessel traffic: fish. 

Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale conservation, is the director of the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor. For almost 40 years now, the center has been keeping track of every individual whale in the three pods that make up the southern resident population of the iconic orcas that live in Puget Sound.

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Environment
11:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle

An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.

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Oso Slide
4:59 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Snohomish County Weighs Options To Tighten Land Use In Slide-Prone Areas

Snohomish County Flickr

Three months after a deadly landslide hit the town of Oso, Washington, Snohomish County is again looking at options to tighten land-use policy in slide-prone areas. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies' Budding Clean Tech Economy

The Incycle Cup, made by Arlington-based Microgreen Polymers, is a clean tech success story many people are eager to tell. Airlines, including launch customer Alaska Air Group, say they save fuel because the cup is lighter than paper and can be recycled.
Bellamy Pailthorp

A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology.

But how healthy is the sector in Washington and what’s still holding it back? Hard data on those questions is yet to come, but a visit to the state's inaugural Clean Technology Showcase provided some answers.

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Missing Hiker
12:38 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Crews Search For Missing Hiker On Mount Rainier Amid Snowy Conditions

Mount Rainier is seen in the distance from a viewpoint within Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Rachel La Corte AP Photo

Search and rescue teams are combing the east side of Mount Rainier where a Seattle woman has gone missing amid snowy conditions.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:01 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Good News, Nude Cyclists: Summer Weather Arriving Just In Time for Solstice

Tim Durkan

The nude cyclists at Seattle’s Fremont parade can look forward to comfortable summer temperatures on Saturday afternoon. And it might even be a bit too hot for runners at the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

A weak front has passed through, says Mass, and the clouds and sprinkles are expected to subside in time for the summer solstice Saturday.

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