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Category Archives: Our Environment

National Park Service to adopt reservation system for Mount Rainier National Park

Excerpt: It will be necessary to acquire a permit to visit Sunrise or Paradise during the summer of 2024 between 7 AM and 3 PM, the National Park Service has announced.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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69% of likely 2024 Washington voters support the Oil Industry Accountability Act

Excerpt: More than two-thirds of a sample of likely voters surveyed from November 14th-15th, 2023 by Public Policy Polling for NPI backed the idea of regulating unfair oil company business practices with pricing transparency legislation, which is what Senator Joe Nguyen's recently introduced Oil Industry Accountability Act (Senate Bill 6052) proposes to do.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wild Olympics legislation clears Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Excerpt: A bill designed to protect 126,500 acres of wilderness and put streams under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act has been before Congress for more than a decade. In December of 2023, it cleared a key Senate committee.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Canada’s TransMountain pipeline is turning into the WPPSS of the Great White North

Excerpt: The woolly mammoth went extinct in North America thousands of years ago, but a great white elephant is going to ground in British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Amidst a record fire season, British Columbia tries to get ready for future climate damage

Excerpt: Eby is acting in a fire season in which 8,687 square miles have already burned, with one fire in northeast B.C. larger in size than the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. The province, once nicknamed Canada’s “lotus land”, has been hit with a succession of climate calamities in recent years.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A reprieve for the Arctic Refuge: President Biden acts to protect lives and land alike

Excerpt: The Arctic Refuge is the largest single unit of public lands in the nation, spanning more than 19 million acres. The 1.5 million acres of the Coastal Plain, left open to development by Congress, is its heart and soul, calving ground for more than 100,000 animals of the Porcupine Caribou Herd.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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From pariahs to cultural icons: The Pacific Northwest has thankfully come to love orcas

Excerpt: Though they have been considered relatives by the region's Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial, it wasn't that long ago that orcas were viewed negatively by many non-indigenous Pacific Northwesterners. NPI contributor Joel Connelly recounts how much has changed in the last half century.
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Courageous young Montanans have just won an important legal victory for climate justice

Excerpt: “Plaintiffs have a fundamental constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment which includes climate as part of the environmental life support,” Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Seeley wrote in a groundbreaking opinion.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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As climate catastrophes envelop the world, it’s business as usual for fossil fuel zealots

Excerpt: The Earth is telling us as loudly as it can that it's got a fever. But a frighteningly large percentage of humanity isn't listening and doesn't care, a stance encouraged by fossil fuel zealots profiting from the planet's destruction.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Medical Lake ordered to evacuate as fast-spreading Gray Fire consumes structures

Excerpt: The blaze was one of three fires burning in Eastern Washington near Spokane as the weekend of August 18th-20th, 2023 began.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canada can’t catch a break: Raging fires now threaten Yellowknife and Kelowna, B.C.

Excerpt: With a little over a month to go until the autumnal equinox, blazes are wreaking havoc across the country, with significant fires in every province and territory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kamala Harris talks climate damage amidst a summer of record heat and extreme weather

Excerpt: “It is clear the clock is not just ticking, it is banging,” Harris told a crowd at the McKinstry, a Seattle based firm which has been a national leader in energy-efficient building construction.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Taxes yield investments in our future: Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff announces new National Park Service conservation projects

Excerpt: The projects announced by Emhoff are of particular importance to the Northern Rockies. The Park Service will go to work restoring sagebrush to Jackson Hole, in places once cleared by ranchers so they could grow hay.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A victory for tree retention in Seattle: Luma the western red cedar won’t be cut down

Excerpt: Though initially uncooperative and resistant to appeals to protect the tree, Legacy, Rock House Builders (the property owner), and Bad Boyz GC (the contractor) have now agreed to leave Luma standing and modify their plans for the parcel. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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