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German giant Allianz slashes coal investments

BERLIN — Germany’s Allianz SE, one of the world’s largest financial asset managers, said Tuesday it would over the next six months decrease investments in companies using coal and boost funding on those focused on wind power.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Business Wire

Yet another study debunks the global warming ‘pause’

Even as Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, continues to investigate a high profile study from federal scientists debunking the idea of a global warming slowdown or “pause,” a new study reaches the same conclusion — in a different yet...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Regional water supply back to normal, utilities say

EVERETT — Recent heavy rains in October and November have refilled regional reservoirs and streams enough so that Puget Sound cities are deactivating their water shortage response plans.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Local News

State shaping new rules to guide oil transport

OLYMPIA — State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

Huge trees hide in secret grove near Columbia River Gorge

WILLARD — To find the largest waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, all that's required is a drive out Interstate 84 to the many viewpoints and trailheads east of Portland.To find the largest trees in the Gorge, however, you're in for a lot more work.In...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Life

VW cheating software may be on more vehicles, EPA says

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal widened Friday as the Environmental Protection Agency said that software allowing six-cylinder Volkswagen diesel engines to cheat on pollution tests is on more models than originally thought.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

TUMWATER — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Judge denies Seattle kids protection from climate change

SEATTLE — A judge has denied an appeal by eight young activists who petitioned Washington state to adopt stricter science-based regulations to protect them against climate change.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Chromium cleanup nearly finished at Columbia River site

KENNEWICK — Workers have removed about 129 tons of concentrated chromium form the soil along Washington State’s Columbia River.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Small amount of Hanford radiation spread by storm

RICHLAND — Hanford workers are searching for radioactive contamination after a Tuesday windstorm spread some radioactive particles from a waste burial ground.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

What’s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon

WASHINGTON — What’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World

Chevrolet Volt wins ‘Green Car of the Year’

LOS ANGELES — An auto industry magazine has named the 2016 Chevrolet Volt its “Green Car of the Year.”The hybrid gas-electric Volt was honored Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

Medal honors two from state with integrity

There are names better known nationally among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, announced earlier this week by the White House, but...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Editorials

VW faces costly options to fix polluting diesel cars

DETROIT — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire

Absurdly hot October as Earth sets 8th heat record

WASHINGTON — Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last month globally was 58.86 degrees (14.98 degrees Celsius). That's the hottest October on record by a third of...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Oregon population hits 4 million

PORTLAND, Ore. — New estimates from Portland State University say Oregon gained its 4-millionth resident this year.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

UW report details effects of climate change in Puget Sound

SEATTLE — The Puget Sound region is projected to face more intense flooding, rising sea levels, heavier downpours and thinner winter snowpack as temperatures continue to warm in coming decades, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Washington.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

Decision followed a lot of work, protests

"This is huge. A head of state has never rejected a major fossil fuel project because of its climate impacts before. The president's decision sets the standard for what climate action looks like: standing up to the fossil fuel industry, and keeping fossil fuels in the...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Commentary

Claim filed for PUD worker who says he was retaliated against

EVERETT — A Snohomish County PUD whistleblower says he has been harassed and endured retaliation at the utility district since bringing attention to a series of no-bid contracts given to a former district employee.The...

Date: 11/16/2015 | Local News

Washington state takes enforcement action against Volkswagen

OLYMPIA — Washington state is taking enforcement action against Volkswagen, saying the company violated the state’s Clean Air Act.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — Eighty-one years after a neglected tribal water supply caused a devastating outbreak of typhoid fever and a century after the state outlawed spearfishing of the salmon that fed their ancestors, Native American tribes who trace their history back millennia say their trust in...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Manure from millions of hogs fuels natural gas project

ALBANY, Mo. — One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Inca boy’s DNA shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.During the Inca civilization, which...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Research gives clues about how bats live

Bats can hear an insect walking. They eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour, live as long as 40 years and are the only mammal to truly fly. And one bat species may have a bachelor pad in the San Juan Islands.Rochelle Kelly, a University of Washington doctoral...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Life

Rep. Larsen seeks input on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

Congressman Rick Larsen is doing something this week his congressional colleagues from Washington and around the country are not.

Date: 11/12/2015 | The Petri Dish

PUD's experimental energy storage system is missing crucial software

EVERETT — An experimental project that spurred a whistleblower complaint at the Snohomish PUD is running and churning out data for more research and development work.The PUD hopes the project can help the utility drive down the cost of its power grid and make greater...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Local News

Record number of salmon return to Hanford Reach

SPOKANE — The number of fall chinook salmon returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River this year is the most since dams were constructed in the 1930s, the Bonneville Power Administration said this week.Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Northwest

A natural conversation

Conference centers on future of farms, forests, food

Date: 11/12/2015 | Home and Garden

Federal council to look at Navy sonar, explosives testing dispute

PORT ANGELES — A federal preservation council plans to look at a dispute between the Navy and Washington state over planned sonar and explosives training and testing.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

After rains, region dials back water alert

EVERETT — Recent rains have improved the region’s water supply and the cities of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma are rolling back their drought advisory to its lowest level.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Local News

Oregon officials remove wolf from state endangered species list

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials voted in Salem Monday to remove the gray wolf from the state’s Endangered Species Act list.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest

Tensions flare over Oregon irrigation canal ownership

BEND, Ore. — A National Park Service decision has reignited century-old tensions over the ownership of irrigation canals that bring water to central Oregon.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest

100-ton blue whale carcass washes ashore on Oregon beach

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — A 78-foot long dead blue whale weighing over 100 tons washed ashore this week north of Gold Beach.The Register-Guard reported researchers are working to harvest the skeleton of the marine mammal which is rarely seen in Oregon.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Northwest

Oregon faces cultural divide over protections for wolves

PORTLAND, Ore. — Eradicated in Oregon over half a century ago, wolves are re-establishing a foothold in the state — but their fragile comeback is deepening a cultural divide over how much protection they need.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest

Five myths about the baby boomer generation

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Wolf attacks 3 cattle in first southern Oregon attack

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials said a wolf attacked three cattle last weekend, killing one and wounding two others.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Upcoming special film showings in the area

Special showingsSilent Movie Night: The Historic Everett Theatre brings back Silent Movie Night and Pipe Organ with the showing of "Hunchback of Notre Dame" on Nov. 6. In 15th century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Entertainment

NASA can track oceans from space. What they see is troubling

There has been growing concern, of late, that one predicted consequence of a changing climate — the slowing of the great “overturning” circulation in the Atlantic Ocean — is already starting to happen.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World

Workshop covers Stillaguamish basin pollution prevention

STANWOOD — An upcoming workshop aims to teach property owners in north Snohomish County about preventing bacterial pollution in the lower Stillaguamish River basin.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Rain garden success

What you need to know to make your own (and why you should)

Date: 11/05/2015 | Home and Garden

Human poop could yield up to $9.5 billion

A group of researchers just put a price-tag on poop: extracting biogas from the world's annual human waste output could be worth the equivalent of up to $9.5 billion in natural gas, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Off the Wire

Tke Sky's the limit

Officials tout potential of Sky to Sound water trail project

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Marine life returns

After levee breach, the change at Qwuloolt Estuary

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Timber company loses bid to avoid Oso mudslide litigation

OSO — A timber company that argues its logging over the years had nothing to do with the deadly Oso mudslide will have to make its case before a jury, a judge has ruled.Grandy Lake Forest...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News

Youths across U.S. suing to push government on climate change

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

New cleanup deadlines sought for central Hanford

RICHLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy and its Hanford Nuclear Reservation regulatory agencies want new legal deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the central portion of the site.They say existing deadlines cannot be met at the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons site.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs probably ate each other

Most of us don’t think the tyrannosaur was a sweet, cuddly and mild-natured creature. Well, here’s some evidence bolstering our ferocious image of the dinosaur: researchers stumbled upon a new bone they say strongly suggests tyrannosaur cannibalism.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Camano Island 3-year watershed improvement project a winner

CAMANO ISLAND — A three-year project to clean up the Triangle Cove watershed brought hundreds of property owners together for lessons on protecting their water supply.As grant funding for the work comes to an end, organizers say results have exceeded expectations.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Local News

China to end 1-child policy, allow 2 children

BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and unpopular "one-child" policy that has been blamed for skewing the gender balance, forcing women into unwanted abortions and...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

China to end 1-child policy, allow 2 children

BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and unpopular "one-child" policy that has been blamed for skewing the gender balance, forcing women into unwanted abortions and bringing about a...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Oxygen in comet challenges solar-system theories

BERLIN — Scientists say they have detected significant amounts of molecular oxygen coming out of a comet, an unexpected find that may have implications for the search for alien life and understanding how the solar system formed.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal’s contributions to climate...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

Halting leak near sunken Lake Erie Barge poses big challenge

TOLEDO, Ohio — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading efforts to find a leak of what it believes is a petroleum-based substance coming from a sunken barge on the bottom of Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.What makes that so challenging goes beyond just the location of the wreckage.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

GOP-led Congress moves to block Obama’s Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama’s plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

As large animals disappear, the loss of their poop hurts the planet

It only takes a glance at a history book and a look out the window to know that our planet has lost many of its biggest creatures: The world that was once home to mammoths and towering dinosaurs can now barely maintain stable populations of rhinos and whales. But according to a new study, we’ve got...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

African lions are declining almost everywhere

The lion is among Africa’s most iconic wildlife — right up there with elephants, rhinos and giraffes — and also one of the continent’s top predators. But despite its status as one of the world’s most recognizable animals, the lion has lately been losing its grip on its historic domain. Habitat...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

Persian Gulf could become too hot for humans to tolerate

WASHINGTON — If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

Video: When beavers parachuted into Idaho's backcountry

In the 1940's, The Idaho Department of Fish and Game dropped beavers into the backcountry by parachute. It was a simpler time. And also a bizarre time.I wrote about the parachuting beavers a...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Explore NW

I-1401 will go after antique owners, not ivory traffickers

State Sen. Marko Liias is a good friend of mine, and a fine senator, but in supporting Initiative 1401 he took at face value and relied on statements made by the proponents that are demonstrably not true. He is wrong on this issue, and The Herald is wrong for not digging...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Commentary

Bigfoot believers gather at New York retreat

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Bigfoot believers gathered Saturday in western New York, convinced the legendary Sasquatch has left its footprints all over the region.About 100 people sported buttons saying “I believe” and swapped stories at the fourth annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Riders round up one of nation’s biggest public bison herds

SALT LAKE CITY — Riders on horseback are herding bison on Utah’s Antelope Island in an annual roundup of one of the country’s largest and oldest public herds.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Why hurricanes like Patricia are expected on warmer planet

First there was Supertyphoon Haiyan — which peaked out at 170-knot or 196 mile-per-hour winds in 2013 as it slammed the Philippines. And now there is Patricia, forecast to soon hit Mexico, with currently estimated maximum sustained wind speeds of 175 knots or, that's right, over...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Stunning photos

Drone captures striking images of orcas, measures health

Date: 10/23/2015 | Explore NW

Friends of the forest: Volunteers go to work on Green Everett Day

EVERETT — More than 100 volunteers dug holes, placed plants and spread mulch Saturday morning at Forest Park for Green Everett Day.The annual event is the largest work party organized by

Date: 10/23/2015 | Local News

Solar panels get cool reception from homeowners associations

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ilam Mougy wanted to green up his condominium with solar power.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

‘One-day university’ explains the Sound around us

MUKILTEO — The Puget Sound rewards us with bustling ports and a plethora of marine life, swimming beaches and beautiful views.Tremendous population growth has degraded the area’s natural wonders over the past century and a half. Experts are only starting to understand how.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News

House plants can do amazing things

Back in the late 1960s, when I was finishing up my undergraduate studies, house plants were all the rage. In the trade we referred to them as foliage plants and had it not been for the draft and the Vietnam War my path might very well have been through the vast foliage growers of...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Home and Garden

The warmer it gets, the more economy hurts, study says

WASHINGTON — With each upward degree, global warming will singe the economies of three-quarters of the world’s nations and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, according to a new economic and science study.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Bivalve barometers

Penn Cove mussels to be used to track pollutants in Puget Sound

Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News

Poll: Washington voters back trafficking ban, split on anti-tax

OLYMPIA — More than 60 percent of voters would support an initiative on next month’s ballot to add state penalties to wildlife trafficking, while an anti-tax ballot measure has an equal amount of support and opposition, according to a poll released Monday.

Date: 10/19/2015 | Northwest

Feds eye refuges for cold-water species in 5 states

BOISE, Idaho — Federal scientists using new technologies have mapped what is being called a Cold Water Climate Shield, an area spanning five western states that could support viable populations of native species if the region continues its warming trend.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Northwest

Critics of Snake River dams say it’s time to remove them

SPOKANE — The issue of breaching four giant dams on the Snake River to help endangered salmon runs has percolated in the Northwest for decades, but the idea has gained new momentum.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Northwest

Wander in a wetland

Boardwalk will offer intimate view of fascinating ecosystem

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Study finds plastic debris, fibers in fish sold in markets

Scientists have long suspected that plastic trash eaten by fish, crabs, bivalves and other marine species may be spreading through the food web.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Wolf thought to be dead found in southern Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — A wolf thought to be dead has turned up in southern Oregon.The wolf, known as OR3, wears a radio collar, which biologists last heard from in September 2011 near Prineville.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Northwest

Initiative seeks state penalties for wildlife trafficking

OLYMPIA — Importing items like elephant ivory or rhino horns into the United States for commercial purposes has been prohibited for decades under federal law and international treaties. In Washington, voters will weigh in on a ballot measure that would add state penalties to violators and expand...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Northwest

Threatened sea duck may be reintroduced in southwest Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A colorful, threatened sea duck whose numbers plummeted in Alaska may be reintroduced to the southwest corner of the state.Federal wildlife officials are taking public testimony on possible environmental effects of a plan to move breeding pairs of...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

WASHINGTON — A House of Representatives bill unveiled Friday could make it more difficult for the public to know how prepared railroads are for responding to oil spills from trains, their worst-case scenarios and how much oil is being transported by rail through communities.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Oregon seeks to revoke license of pesticide spraying company

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking to revoke the license of a company that conducts aerial pesticide spraying on private timberlands, after the company disregarded a previous license suspension.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Feds curb future Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department announced Friday it is cancelling future lease sales and will not extended current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Business Wire

Oil firm CEOs pledge support for climate deal

STOCKHOLM — The chief executives of 10 of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies have pledged support for an “effective” deal to fight global warming at a Paris conference next month.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

Judges to hear Washington challenge to fish-passage ruling

SEATTLE — Federal appeals court judges are weighing whether Washington state should have to spend billions of dollars to replace culverts that block migrating salmon.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Ancient Chinese teeth could rewrite human history

A set of 47 human teeth found in China is giving scientists a lot to chew on. The teeth have been dated as at least 80,000 years old — perhaps even older. The problem with that is that most researchers believe humans only left Africa for the first time around 60,000 years ago. And...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

State, feds won’t pursue $92M more in ‘89 Exxon Valdez spill

JUNEAU, Alaska — The state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp., citing the recovery of ducks and sea otters in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Northwest

Environmental cleanup at Whidbey Island marina completed

WHIDBEY ISLAND — Washington ecology officials say the environmental cleanup at Cornet Bay Marina at the northern end of Whidbey Island is complete.The state Department of Ecology says the site can now come off the state’s list of contaminated sites.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Northwest

Massive wildfire rehabilitation underway in Idaho, Oregon

BOISE, Idaho — A federal plan to rehabilitate 436 square miles of scorched rangeland in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon containing important sage grouse habitat and grazing land for ranchers calls for spending about $67 million over 5 years.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

Ecotourism should tread lightly on environment

Upon running the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time, a marathoner broke several rules at the finish line on top of Maine's majestic Mount Katahdin. Among them was public consumption of alcohol — in this case, Champagne. Another was littering by shaking the bottle...

Date: 10/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Court orders restitution from man who diverted Mason Co. river

SHELTON — A Mason County judge has ordered a man to pay restitution after being found guilty of altering the course of the Tahuya River.William Cayo Sr. must pay $50 per month to the state environmental restoration fund. The restitution ordered was $200,000.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest

Changes could lead to more health advisories at beaches in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon beachgoers could soon see a spike in health advisories warning against water contact.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Northwest

We can join fight to stop poaching of endangered species

Kids love animals. And I was no different. Growing up, I devoured books about elephants, lions, tigers and sharks. Reading about these iconic species helped open up the world around me and made far-away places feel like my backyard.Fast-forward to today and these same...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Commentary

VW may pay diesel cars owners for lost value

DETROIT — Volkswagen could compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that emit high levels of pollutants, possibly by paying them for the lost value of their vehicles, the company’s top U.S. executive said.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Toxins postpone razor clam digs on Washington’s ocean beaches

OLYMPIA — Washington shellfish managers have postponed the fall start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches. They say toxin levels in the clams are too high.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest

Driving a Volkswagen can make you feel dirty

As kids in the 1980s, we played a game called Slug Bug.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Web Monkey

Fight ivory, other species trafficking here

We've made the point before that Washington state's ports are responsible for a major portion of the export-import business in the U.S. The combined container ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the third busiest container ports after New York/New Jersey and the Los Angeles area.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Editorials

Free workshop covers Port Susan shoreline protection

STANWOOD — Stanwood and Camano Island residents are invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect waterfront property around Port Susan.The Oct. 17 event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Goodwin Community Club, 17323 42nd Ave. NW, Stanwood.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

Inslee orders another rewrite of clean-water rules

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday directed state officials take another stab at updating clean-water rules, as the state races to finalize a plan before the federal government intervenes.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Northwest

California gets aggressive climate change law

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious climate change bill Wednesday, aiming to increase the state's use of renewable electricity to 50 percent and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient by 2030."The goal is clear, and California...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire

Tamper-proof cigarette bins may cut down on litter in downtown Everett

EVERETT — Unsightly messes on the sidewalk around cigarette bins might soon disappear as new tamper-proof bins are installed in downtown Everett.The Downtown Everett Association has already removed about 20 free-standing...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Local News

Groups form alliance to tackle climate change by initiative

SEATTLE — A coalition of diverse groups is launching a new initiative effort to tackle climate change, raising the prospect that Washington voters could face two statewide ballot measures on carbon pollution next year.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

California winemakers use less water to grow grapes

RUTHERFORD, Calif. — The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

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