WASHINGTON — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World
In the long list of troubling climate change scenarios, there’s one that gets relatively little attention, but definitely has enormous potential consequences.It goes like this:
Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World
April is all about trees, so do your part and plant a native one
Date: 04/28/2016 | Home and Garden
NEW YORK — The percentage of conservative Republicans who consider global warming a threat shot up 19 points in two years, to 47 percent, according to public opinion researchers at Yale University and George Mason University. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans agree that it’s happening. Including...
Date: 04/27/2016 | Nation & World
Earlier this month, a U.S. satellite known as F17 — which was primarily used for meteorological measurements — experienced operational failures that compromised the integrity of its data. And while there are similar satellites in orbit that can take over the data collection for now, they’re old...
Date: 04/25/2016 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — In a striking declaration that the world is finally ready to change its polluted ways, global leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters to sign the historic Paris climate accord, an agreement that is seen as the blueprint for rescuing the planet.
Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World
UNITED NATIONS — As many as 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal takes a key step toward entering into force years ahead of schedule.
Date: 04/22/2016 | Nation & World
The timing is coincidental but no less appropriate: During National Parks Week and a couple of days before today's observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill that accomplishes more than any previous energy legislation in nearly a decade.
Date: 04/22/2016 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — Earth’s record monthly heat streak has hit 11 months in a row — a record in itself.
Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Republican candidate Ted Cruz promised to roll back what he calls President Barack Obama's ‘war on coal' if he's elected president.The Texas senator made the pledge in a speech to the Republican State Convention in Casper on Saturday.
Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World
It’s a well-known and widely cited statistic: 97 percent of scientific experts agree that human-caused climate change is real. The consensus has been supported by numerous studies — and yet the idea that the statistic is made up, or wrong, is still a common position among climate doubters and a...
Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World
For a long time, there's been one key part of the Earth system that, just maybe, could help us out a little bit with our global warming problem: Clouds.Clouds are central to the climate because their white surfaces reflect sunlight back to space, keeping the planet cooler...
Date: 04/08/2016 | Nation & World
So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners...
Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — Global carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly altering ocean chemistry along the West Coast and urgent regional action is needed, a panel of ocean scientists said in a report released Monday.
Date: 04/04/2016 | Northwest
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Obama administration brushed over the threat that climate change poses to the snow-loving wolverine when it denied protections for the elusive predator also known as the “mountain devil,” a federal judge ruled Monday.
Date: 04/04/2016 | Northwest
Scientists have declared that key portions of the Great Barrier Reef - over a thousand miles long and the "largest living structure on the planet," according to Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - are now seeing the worst coral bleaching in recorded...
Date: 03/30/2016 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — State, federal and tribal officials may bar salmon fishing off Washington’s coast this year in anticipation of another bad year of returning coho salmon.
Date: 03/15/2016 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed one of the nation’s most aggressive pieces of pro-climate legislation into law.The measure signed on Friday makes Oregon the first state to eliminate coal from its energy supply by legislation, which will happen in phases through 2030.
Date: 03/11/2016 | Northwest
Considering one of the topics that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could discuss during the Canadian leader's visit to Washington, D.C., later this week, it would be appropriate if Thursday's state dinner menu featured Columbia River salmon and wine from a...
Date: 03/08/2016 | Editorials
State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama:(1) In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed anti-aircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This after China landed planes on an artificial island it...
Date: 02/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists
The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...
Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials
The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a key part of President Barack Obama's ambitious proposal to limit carbon emissions and reduce global warming while the plan is challenged.The court granted a stay request from more than two dozen states, plus utilities and coal...
Date: 02/10/2016 | Nation & World
New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place - namely, U.S. East Coasters.
Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.Well, let's try to reason again. A lot of opposing forces are shaking the old...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists
A year ago the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock to 3 minutes to midnight, responding to "entirely insufficient" global efforts to check nuclear weaponry and global warming or to address the risks inherent to...
Date: 01/30/2016 | Commentary
For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world.On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Date: 01/24/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust.The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced Wednesday that 2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping.
Date: 01/20/2016 | Nation & World
I read with great interest Mr. Rash's guest commentary in Saturday's Herald, "There are no climate deniers, only skeptics of doomsayers," and it raised a lot of questions for me that maybe he could...
Date: 01/15/2016 | Commentary
'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix
Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News
In his Herald column of Dec. 31, Jerry Cornfield reiterated the calumny that the media persistently drums into folks, inherently taking up one side of a...
Date: 01/09/2016 | Commentary
In 2016, voters in Washington may get the chance to enact the first state carbon tax. To make sure they provide a good example for the other 49, they should adopt the smartest policy with the broadest bipartisan appeal: a revenue-neutral tax.Carbon Washington, an...
Date: 12/31/2015 | Commentary
UNITED NATIONS — When international negotiators reached a first-of-its kind climate change agreement in Paris this month, the United Nations’ normally low-key leader, Ban Ki-moon, celebrated onstage, arms raised in victory and more exuberant than many had ever seen him before.
Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World
DENVER — Pot’s not green.The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Sponsors of a Washington state initiative to tax carbon emissions has decided to go ahead and put it on the ballot, despite a competing climate proposal.The Seattle Times reported the Initiative 732 campaign made the decision Wednesday night.
Date: 12/24/2015 | Northwest
LONDON — Coal once fueled the British Empire, employed armies of men and shook the power of governments.On Friday, workers at Britain's last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels...
Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Campaign records show that California billionaire Tom Steyer has donated $80,000 to a planned Washington state ballot initiative to tackle climate change.
Date: 12/18/2015 | Northwest
Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy.To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate...
Date: 12/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Given the grave danger posed by unchecked climate change, it's understandable that concerned citizens worldwide would want to hail the historic carbon-emission deal inked in Paris last weekend. And, in fact, getting consensus from 195 nations with varying levels of economic and...
Date: 12/16/2015 | Commentary
"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Those were Winston Churchill's words of battle-weary comfort when World War II started decisively shifting in the Allies' favor.They could also be...
Date: 12/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
LE BOURGET, France — Negotiators from 196 countries approved a landmark climate accord Saturday that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for a dangerous warming of the planet.The agreement, adopted after 13 days of intense bargaining...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World
Negotiators from more than 190 countries on Saturday approved a far-reaching agreement to slow the emission of greenhouse gases and the advancement of climate change.Regardless of whether the pact is ultimately ratified by those nations, and what it will spell out in the...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Editorials
Viewpoints: What can we expect from Paris climate talks?
Almost every day there is an article about global warming, and a demand for the government to do something about it. A rational person would tackle the problem by approaching it at a basic level, and that would be cutting demand for the products that cause pollution. But...
It is true this year's drought and wildfire season wreaked havoc on the state, a point that Gov. Jay Inslee makes while promoting his government-centric carbon emissions reduction plan. But the governor's labeling of those who disagree with the details of his plan as "fear...
LE BOURGET, France — Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.
Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World
LE BOURGET, France — U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming.
Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed onto agreements with other nations to fight climate change while attending a global summit in Paris.
Date: 12/07/2015 | Northwest
It had been about a month since chemical explosions blasted and burned through the port of Tianjin, killing 173. Pictures of rescue workers in hazmat suits became some of the signature images of the disaster. And despite incredible censorship, it was clear to most that unsafe chemical storage —...
Date: 12/05/2015 | Nation & World
As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world's biggest economy gets left behind.President Obama is trying his best to ensure...
Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
PARIS — This time, it’s a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.
LONDON — From Melbourne to Mexico City, tens of thousands of people worldwide hit the streets over the weekend to press world leaders to push for a bold international agreement at the upcoming climate summit in Paris.
PARIS — President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama travels to the Paris climate summit Sunday for what could be the crowning diplomatic achievement of his presidency, yet one that climate experts say will still leave the planet on a path toward dangerous levels of global warming.
DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease.The insects multiplied during an unusually muggy May, when...
Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
As kids in the 1980s, we played a game called Slug Bug.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Web Monkey
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
It is, for our home planet, an extremely warm year.Indeed, last week we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the first eight months of 2015 were the hottest such stretch yet recorded for the globe's surface land and oceans, based on...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Earth's record-breaking heat is sounding an awful lot like a broken record.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that August, this past summer...
Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Earth’s record-breaking heat is sounding an awful lot like a broken record.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that August, this past summer and the first eight months of 2015 all smashed global records for heat.
Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World
Among those who are concerned about the effects of climate change and want to see steps taken to slow it, most are supportive of placing a cap on carbon emissions.Carbon dioxide, while only a small fraction of a percentage of our atmosphere, is increasing. That increase in...
Date: 09/16/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — Federal scientists said Wednesday they expect nuisance flooding to increase in many places along the nation’s coasts in coming months.
Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World
Why should people care about the past or the future? That may sound like a perverse question, but it's at the center of two recent stories — one involving the Islamic State's destruction of antiquities at Palmyra in Syria, and the other a presidential warning about damage to the...
Date: 09/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
President Obama's renaming of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali earlier this week was just an icebreaker. But it wasn't the only one on the president's mind.The...
Date: 09/02/2015 | Editorials
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.
Date: 08/31/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska this week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.Obama will...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World
The Republican talking point on climate change is evolving, thankfully, from "I'm not a scientist" to "Let's solve it through innovation." That's good news for the nation and generations of Americans to come. After all, the first step to solving a problem is to...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire
MOUNT BAKER — Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in Washington state’s North Cascades are thinning and retreating. Seven have disappeared over the past three decades, and the overall volume of glaciers in the range have lost about one-fifth of their volume.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an...
Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s climate change plan will be challenged in in the courts this fall, when lawyers for at least 15 states join the coal and power industries to block the carbon-reducing rules before they take effect.
Date: 08/16/2015 | Nation & World
CHILMARK, Mass. — President Barack Obama will become the first sitting commander in chief to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the White House announced Thursday, the latest in a string of stops this summer that have been presidential firsts.
Date: 08/15/2015 | Northwest
Having hit a wall of opposition in the Legislature this session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee remains committed to moving forward in some fashion with his initiatives for cleaner air and water.Inslee, who favors baseball metaphors, struck out three times with proposed...
Date: 08/13/2015 | Editorials
Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that,...
Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...
Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — It may take Gov. Jay Inslee longer to circumvent lawmakers and impose a cap on carbon emissions than he’s expecting.
Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Nation & World
BOISE, Idaho — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.
Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest
ELGIN, Ore. — Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change.
Date: 07/26/2015 | Northwest
Gov. Jay Inslee is said to be weighing whether to take the dare and swallow what's been dubbed the "poison pill" that Republicans inserted into the $16.2 billion transportation package to dissuade him from moving forward with one of his key environmental proposals.
Date: 07/26/2015 | Editorials
These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomachache — he can take.
Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News
Millions of pink salmon are bound for Washington rivers and streams this year. Biologists are worried that when they return, they might find the water too warm and shallow for spawning and cause more problems for fish already struggling
Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee will be briefly heading to Canada this week to speak at the Climate Summit of the Americas.
Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest
Viewpoints: Can technology cut airliners' carbon emissions?
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight.
Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest
The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...
Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Nation & World
Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday on climate change — a draft of which was leaked to the Italian magazine l'Espresso on Monday. The New York Times reports that the encyclical is "eagerly awaited, especially by scientists and environmentalists" —...
Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Viewpoints: Pope Francis calls for action on climate change
Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary