Environmental and Climate Change Reporting

Spotlighting challenges and solutions


This journalism fund supports local reporting about the environment and the impacts of climate change that can help us all make decisions and take action for the benefit of our community and generations to come.

Join others in supporting this vital reporting that spotlights challenges and solutions.

Meet our environmental reporter

Ta'Leah Van Sistine

Climate change is a daunting issue and its impact on everyday life can be complicated. I look forward to breaking down this often complex topic by connecting with residents and local organizations. Through my reporting, I aim to understand how climate change is affecting life in Snohomish County and also highlight those who are spearheading climate solutions.

Ta'Leah Van Sistine

Send news tips for climate-related stories to taleah.vansistine@heraldnet.com.

Check out these recent Herald environmental stories.

The words "not disposable" are printed on the ground next to the Styrofoam recycling area on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Bothell, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Do plastic bans work? Local waste experts say it’s too soon to know

Last month, the state banned foam clamshells and trays. Litter wranglers said they still find other illegal items on roads.

  • July 15, 2024
Kim Skarda points at her home on a map on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in Concrete, Washington. A community called Sauk River Estates has a very steep slope above it. There is a DNR-approved timber sale that boarders the estate properties, yet they were not consulted about the sale before approval. The community has already appealed the sale and has hired their own geologist to conduct a slope stability report at the site. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Beneath steep slope, Concrete neighbors fear landslides from logging above

Nielsen Brothers plans to cut 54 acres of timber directly behind the community of 83 homes. Locals said they were never consulted.

  • July 6, 2024
Rob Plotnikoff takes a measurement as a part of the county's State of Our Waters survey at Tambark Creek in Bothell, Washington on Monday, July 1, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Snohomish County stream team bushwhacks a path to healthier waterways

This summer, the crew of three will survey 40 sites for the State of Our Waters program. It’s science in locals’ backyards.

  • July 4, 2024

Community support makes this reporting possible

The Environmental and Climate Change Reporting Fund enables the Herald to increase its coverage on the impacts of climate change on Snohomish County. Ongoing support from individuals, businesses, organizations, and foundations is essential to maintain this vital reporting. Donations to this fund are designated to support an environmental reporter position.

To donate by check: Make your check payable to Journalism Funding Partners. Write “The Daily Herald Environmental Fund” in the memo line and mail to The Daily Herald, Attn: Journalism Fund Donation, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Print and complete this donation form to include with your check.

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Have questions? Send an email to SupportLocalJournalism@heraldnet.com

The Daily Herald maintains editorial control over content produced with fund resources.

Our fiscal sponsor

Journalism Funding Partners, tax ID #84-2968843, serves as the 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor for The Daily Herald Environmental and Climate Change Reporting Fund. The mission of Journalism Funding Partners is to increase the depth, diversity and sustainability of local journalism by building and stewarding connections between funders and news organizations.

Donations made to Journalism Funding Partners for the Herald’s Environmental and Climate Change Reporting Fund are tax-deductible to the extent of the law, and they will help pay for the Herald’s news resources needed to address Snohomish County’s most pressing environmental issues.