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Category Archives: Our Environment

Proposed Pebble Mine looks kaput, this time for good, as EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay

Excerpt: The EPA’s action represents a win for the tenacity of Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, who began fighting the Pebble Mine project in 2011 and pushed the federal agency into a three-year study of the project’s impacts.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Documentary Review: In new Netflix series, Barack Obama exhorts viewers to “vote like the planet depends on it” — because it does

Excerpt: The five-part series features parks in Kenya and Indonesia, as if to mock years of attacks on Obama’s origins and childhood from wacko birds of the right.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A win for the Emerald City’s trees: Seattle will soon require registration for tree removal

Excerpt: The implementation of Council Bill 120207 will make the tree care industry in Seattle more accountable and its collective conduct more transparent to residents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. gray wolves once again protected as an endangered species thanks to court ruling

Excerpt: U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Lee ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the wolf based on analysis of just two core wolf populations and failed to provide a reasonable interpretation of the “significant portion of its range” standard.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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“A long time coming”: B.C. ends threat of mining in upper reaches of the “Magic Skagit”

Excerpt: In January of 2021, the Province of British Columbia announced a buyout of mining rights owned by Imperial Metals, the folks responsible for the Mount Polley disaster of 2014, which saw a retention dam burst and send tailings into Quesnel Lake. It's a huge win for conservation.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Second set of Seattle tree protection poll findings affirms voters value urban forests

Excerpt: Respondents to NPI's October 2021 general election survey of the Seattle electorate are in strong agreement that the city should update its tree ordinance to strengthen tree protection policies, with more than seven in ten voters backing a majority of ideas tested.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee unveils new salmon protection and recovery plan for 2022 session

Excerpt: “We are on a mission. Protecting and restoring our salmon is personal to me — it’s a legacy left to us by previous generations and we should do the same for our grandchildren,” Inslee said from underneath a large Swinomish Cedar Hat.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marko Liias chosen to chair the Washington State Senate’s Transportation Committee

Excerpt: “As we face dramatic changes to transportation revenue and mobility options, this is our moment to write a visionary, equitable, climate-focused transportation package that invests in our shared priorities while respecting our real and unique local needs," Liias said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New rules to bar oil/gas drilling in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Excerpt: Situated in the remote Four Corners area in New Mexico and reached by a rough road, Chaco Culture contains remains of stone buildings and Great Houses that were once among the largest structures in North America.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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House of Representatives approves historic Build Back Better Act, sending it to the Senate

Excerpt: At 6:44 AM Pacific on November 19th, 2021, by a vote of 220-213, the House adopted H.R. 5376, known as the Build Back Better Act, after Biden's campaign slogan, with all but one Democrat in favor and all Republicans opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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First raging fires, now epic floods: British Columbia suffers perils of climate damage

Excerpt: The “province on the Pacific” was just beginning to recover from a summer of record heat and wildfires when an atmospheric river showed up, resulting in massive floods.
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Ten months in, a plurality of Washingtonians still approve of Joe Biden’s job performance

Excerpt: 49% of Washington State voters surveyed from November 10th-11th by NPI's pollster said they approved of Biden's job performance, while 43% disapproved. 7% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PNWcurrents Episode V is live: This month, we discuss the impacts of climate damage

Excerpt: Read the release announcement for the fifth episode of PNWcurrents, NPI's uniquely regional podcast. This episode features climatologists Karin Bumbaco of Washington, Larry W. O'Neill of Oregon, and Jeffrey Hicke of Idaho, who joined NPI's Caya Berndt to discuss the impacts of climate damage on the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Biden-Harris administration restores Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments in Utah, which were gutted by Donald Trump

Excerpt: The monuments in Utah are a longstanding cause of environmentalists and rock climbers. They are also lands particularly cherished by Native Americans for their petroglyphs, pictographs, cultural sites, dwellings and sites used for traditional tribal rituals.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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