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 oldest known meteor shower, Lyrid, will be falling across the skies in mid- to late April 2024. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Clouds to dampen Lyrid meteor shower views in Western Washington

Forecasters expect a storm will obstruct peak viewing Sunday. Locals’ best chance at viewing could be on the coast. Or east.

  • April 18, 2024
A pig and her piglets munch on some leftover food from the Darrington School District’s cafeteria at the Guerzan homestead on Friday, March 15, 2024, in Darrington, Washington. Eileen Guerzan, a special education teacher with the district, frequently brings home food scraps from the cafeteria to feed to her pigs, chickens and goats. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘A slopportunity’: Darrington school calls in pigs to reduce food waste

Washingtonians waste over 1 million tons of food every year. Darrington found a win-win way to divert scraps from landfills.

  • April 15, 2024
Foamy brown water, emanating a smell similar to sewage, runs along the property line of Lisa Jansson’s home after spilling off from the DTG Enterprises property on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Snohomish, Washington. Jansson said the water in the small stream had been flowing clean and clear only a few weeks earlier. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Neighbors of Maltby recycling facility assert polluted runoff, noise

For years, the DTG facility has operated without proper permits. Residents feel a heavy burden as “watchdogs” holding the company accountable.

  • April 13, 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.

Do you want to make a donation with a donor-advised fund or through your employer’s matching gifts program? Ensure your gift is properly allocated and you are properly credited for your generosity. Follow the instructions in this handy guide.

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.