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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

    Legislative update: What's moving forward — and what's not — on the environment beat

    Legislative update: What's moving forward — and what's not — on the environment beat

    Members of Washington's Environmental Priorities Coalition say they're making good progress on the legislative agenda they set for this session . The agenda comes out of annual cooperative agreements between more than 20 organizations statewide.

    • 1 min
    'Incredibly insensitive': How a proposal to honor the childless tanked on Bainbridge Island

    'Incredibly insensitive': How a proposal to honor the childless tanked on Bainbridge Island

    It started over a few glasses of wine, with friends passing around a smartphone and sharing views of a sketch by late-night comedian Bill Maher. The idea presented there, for a holiday on par with those honoring moms and dads, often provokes laughter. “I Didn’t Reproduce Day” would celebrate single people, aunts and uncles who help out — and not just by being allies to parents or mentors to young people. Maher makes the case that people who remain childless are saving resources and preventing

    • 10 min
    Lawsuit from environmental groups says state's approval of net pens relies on outdated science

    Lawsuit from environmental groups says state's approval of net pens relies on outdated science

    Four large environmental groups are suing the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. At issue is the agency's approval of Cooke Aquaculture's plans to switch to native steelhead farming in net pens in Puget Sound. The permit would apply to four existing net pens with valid leases and possibly three more later.

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    Flooding is becoming the new normal for Snoqualmie Valley farmers

    Flooding is becoming the new normal for Snoqualmie Valley farmers

    Pacing behind his cow barn, David Haakenson looks out over the farm where his family has lived since 1989. Today, it’s surrounded by water from the Snoqualmie River. “It’s all frothy and logs are going down, and we’ve got water all around,” he said. “I’ve got all my tractors and trucks and vehicles, and all the animals, up here on this raised-dirt mound, and my house is a stone’s throw away, and I’ve got my row boat in the driveway.” Haakenson was 4 years old in 1989, when his family moved to

    • 4 min
    Washington researchers tackle ocean acidification with new seaweed crops

    Washington researchers tackle ocean acidification with new seaweed crops

    As seaweeds grow in the ocean, they naturally pull carbon dioxide from the water for photosynthesis, much as trees pull CO2 from the air. Many people in western Washington see an opportunity in that.

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    Tribes stand united in fight to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

    Tribes stand united in fight to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

    Leaders from five Coast Salish tribes joined a delegation from the United Tribes of Bristol Bay in Seattle this week to formally unveil a Bristol Bay Proclamation. It demands that the U.S. government protect the tribes' way of life, as “people of the salmon,” by halting the permitting process for the so-called Pebble Mine in Southeast Alaska. And it’s a pledge of unity in a fight that has been an uphill battle.

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