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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.
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last modified
2019-03-19 07:06
last episode published
2019-03-18 19:28
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
18.03.2019

Northwest fishing fleet renews fight against proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest — commercial fishermen, their crews, sport fishermen, seafood processors, even many boat builders — depend on wild salmon caught every summer in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The Trump administration has re-started ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
13.03.2019

1.5 million acres of greenway along I-90 earns National Heritage Area recognition

A sweeping public lands package was signed into law Tuesday by President Donald Trump, containing numerous benefits for Washington state. It includes a National Heritage Area designation for the Mountains to Sound Greenway , which covers 1.5 million ac...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
8.03.2019

Port of Seattle holds first summit on sustainable jet fuels

The Port of Seattle is holding its first summit on sustainable aviation fuels . It’s part of a push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flights that originate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
4.03.2019

Washington invests $4 million this year to bring climate science into classrooms

In what’s been called the most ambitious statewide climate science education initiative in the country, Washington state is putting $4 million dollars this year toward training teachers who want to integrate climate science into their lesson plans. It’...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
28.02.2019

State collects feedback as regulators consider restrictions on salmon fishing

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has launched two months of public meetings as regulators decide how much salmon can be harvested from state waters. The process includes the first official statewide forecasts detailing how many salmon are expe...
27.02.2019

Compromise on orca protection removes whale watching moratorium, garners criticism

A de facto ban on whale watching boats that would have required them to stay 650 yards away from endangered Puget Sound orcas for three to five years has been stripped from revised legislation. The compromise goes against a recommendation from Gov. Jay...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
22.02.2019

Canada's energy regulator again approves Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

Canada’s National Energy Board has again approved the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. If completed, the project will see a massive increase in oil tankers through the Salish Sea.
Craig McCulloch author
22.02.2019

Climate groups urge Inslee to denounce fracked natural gas in Washington

Climate activists rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia on Thursday and delivered boxes containing nearly 150,000 written comments to Gov. Jay Inslee. They're urging him to reject proposals for fracked gas infrastructure in Washington, including two ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
21.02.2019

Report: Tests show unsafe lead levels in water at more than 60 percent of Washington schools

More than 60 percent of Washington schools tested by the state Department of Health last year show unsafe levels of lead. That’s according to a nonprofit group that's pushing for higher standards in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
20.02.2019

Oyster growers push for pesticide permits to control burrowing shrimp this summer

Oyster growers want to force the state Department of Ecology to allow the use of pesticides in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. A bill before the state Legislature would require the agency to grant permits to control burrowing shrimp. It also would transf...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
19.02.2019

Urban paradox: Crews must be extra careful as they demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct

Demolition of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct is underway. Crews began tearing down a former on-ramp near First Avenue and Columbia Street on Friday. Another piece near the market began coming down shortly thereafter. Unlike the almost instantaneous impl...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
12.02.2019

How a tiny population of mountain caribou protect old-growth forests in the Northwest

For centuries, mountain caribou have inhabited the unique inland rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. And they were once so abundant, they were considered an "insurance food" for indigenous tribes in the area that spans the northeastern corner of Washi...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
7.02.2019

Legislature considers statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at retailers

One of the top issues for environmental groups this legislative session is the pollution caused by thin, single-use plastic bags. They fly out of landfills into waterways, harming marine life and water quality. They also gum up recycling machinery and ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
6.02.2019

Views clash as Legislature considers de facto ban on orca whale watching

A bill to shield endangered Puget Sound orca whales from noise and other disruptions caused by vessel traffic got a first hearing in Olympia on Tuesday. The most controversial piece of the proposed legislation would implement a temporary, de facto ban ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
4.02.2019

KNKX Connects: Aerial photographs show Washington's dramatically receding glaciers

Mountains loom large in the Skagit River Valley. Visitors come from all over the world to spend time exploring the massive peaks of the North Cascades. But few people get the perspective on them enjoyed by two men who are documenting the response of Wa...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
31.01.2019

Canada’s energy regulator reviews pipeline's impact on climate change

This week, Canada’s energy regulator is listening to feedback on the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. It’s part of a two-step process to consider the possible effects of the expansion on climate change.
Craig McCulloch author
28.01.2019

Access to nature in prisons can improve outcomes, research shows

The healing power of nature is well established. People who garden, take frequent hikes or regularly play with a dog or cat experience the benefits firsthand. Time spent with nature is known to improve mental health, increase physical health and reduce...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
24.01.2019

British Columbia government tells Canada's energy regulator to reject pipeline expansion

The TransCanada pipeline and opponents have filed their final submissions to Canada’s energy regulator. This second review of the proposed pipeline expansion, which would see dramatically increased oil tankers in the Salish Sea, was ordered by a court ...
Craig McCulloch author
23.01.2019

Major Canadian railway looking to 'CanaPux' to transport oil from tar sands

As further review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline continues, a number of First Nations in Alberta are making overtures to buy the project. At the same time, one of Canada’s railways is teaming up with another First Nation to temporarily convert oil into...
Craig McCulloch author
22.01.2019

UW research: Western glaciers losing ice at an increasing rate, but less so in Washington state

It appears a pattern of heavy storms in the Pacific Northwest may have obscured the effects of climate change over the past 20 years. Researchers here have identified a southern shift in the jet stream as a source of heavy precipitation that built up s...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
18.01.2019

State senator puts Inslee's clean energy bill on fast track

Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing to get Washington state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045. And he's not alone. Dozens of environmental groups, labor organizations, local governments and clean energy businesses also support the idea.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
15.01.2019

Canadian energy regulator issues draft recommendations for Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada’s energy regulator has issued draft recommendations concerning the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and its impacts on marine life. The expansion would see a dramatic increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea and Puget S...
Craig McCulloch author
9.01.2019

State releases strategy to make maritime sector the nation's most sustainable

Just over a year ago, Gov. Jay Inslee launched his “Washington Maritime Blue” initiative. It aims to make the state’s seafaring sector the most sustainable in the nation, by boosting innovations and clean technology that help the environment and also g...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
8.01.2019

Washington state approves updated oil-spill response plan for Canada’s Puget Sound Pipeline

When the Canadian government bought the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder-Morgan last year, it also bought a 69-mile-long spur that extends from the border with the U.S. and feeds Canadian crude to five Washington refineries. The change...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
7.01.2019

Health database for endangered orcas could help struggling Southern Resident population

The population of critically endangered orca whales seems to have reached a tipping point. Just 74 Southern Residents are left in the wild, a number that will likely drop this year after news broke this week of two more starving orcas. A wildlife veter...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
2.01.2019

'Rights of nature' movement expands locally to help protect endangered orcas, Salish Sea

Environmental law in the U.S. regulates pollution, but often doesn’t protect the things we love. A movement to change that by securing so-called "rights of nature" is taking hold globally – and locally, too.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
31.12.2018

Venture capitalist says 'deep technology' is the solution to climate change

What if we could radically improve human intelligence and treat mental disorders through neuroscience that connects our brains to the internet? It sounds like science fiction. But an entrepreneur from Los Angeles has a company working on it. He also wa...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
26.12.2018

High-rise buildings made of wood? Forterra hopes Washington state will lead the way

When you think of high-rise buildings, you probably don’t imagine wood as the weight-bearing material. But Washington recently approved a change in its building codes that will allow engineered mass timber in structures up to 18 stories tall. That’s th...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
22.12.2018

A Refugee’s Special Power: Sophorn Sim Coaches Others Into Healthier Lives

This story originally aired on January 20, 2018. Feeling out of place takes on whole new dimension when you’re in a foreign country. Perhaps no one understands this more than new immigrants and refugees. And there’s a woman who meets lots of them here ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
18.12.2018

Study: Ocean acidification will interfere with crucial sense of smell in juvenile salmon

It’s long been known that shellfish and other marine life are sensitive to ocean acidification caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Some fish lose their sense of smell in acidic waters. There was a hope that salmon would not be affecte...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
17.12.2018

Target shooting in Tahuya State Forest upsets nearby residents; DNR struggles to relocate site

Representatives of the state Department of Natural Resources will be in Belfair on Monday evening. They’re meeting with members of the community to address concerns about an unregulated increase in target shooting in Tahuya State Forest.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
12.12.2018

Gov. Inslee to speak at orca rally in Olympia following budget announcement

People who love Puget Sound orcas and want to save them from extinction will rally in Olympia tomorrow. And Gov. Jay Inslee plans to join them, immediately after announcing his budget priorities for the coming year.
11.12.2018

Gov. Jay Inslee unveils ambitious legislative climate package

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an ambitious package of legislation aimed at tackling climate change .
Bellamy Pailthorp author
30.11.2018

KNKX Connects: Grays Harbor oyster growers push for pesticide to control burrowing shrimp

GRAYS HARBOR, WASH. — An oyster shack tops the list of offerings in the local farm fresh guide here. No visit would be complete without exploring the shellfish industry. The region, together with Willapa Bay, produces 25 percent of all oysters in the c...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
30.11.2018

KNKX Connects: Grays Harbor oyster growers push for pesticide to control burrowing shrimp

GRAYS HARBOR, WASHINGTON — An oyster shack tops the list of offerings in the local farm fresh guide here. No visit would be complete without exploring the shellfish industry. The region, together with Willapa Bay, produces 25 percent of all oysters in ...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
29.11.2018

Statewide ban proposed for single-use plastic bags in Washington

A coalition of state legislators, environmental groups and retailers have proposed a sweeping ban on single-use plastic bags. If approved, Washington would join just two other states in the nation to impose the statewide restriction.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
29.11.2018

Statewide ban proposed for single-use plastic bags in Washington

A coalition of state legislators, environmental groups and retailers have proposed a sweeping ban on single-use plastic bags. If approved, Washington would join just two other states in the nation to impose the statewide restriction.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
28.11.2018

Two weeks of testimony scheduled in oyster growers’ appeal for pesticide permit

Oyster growers on the Washington coast will have a chance to convince regulators to let them use a controversial pesticide to control native burrowing shrimp. The shrimp can infest oyster beds and turn them into quicksand. Members of the Willapa Bay Gr...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
28.11.2018

Two weeks of testimony scheduled in oyster growers’ appeal for pesticide permit

Oyster growers on the Washington coast will have a chance to convince regulators to let them use a controversial pesticide to control native burrowing shrimp. The shrimp can infest oyster beds and turn them into quicksand. Members of the Willapa Bay Gr...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
23.11.2018

REI says its #OptOutside movement is growing

For the fourth year running, employees of Seattle-based REI have the day off on Black Friday. The co-op’s stores are all closed on the biggest retail day of the year – and its website won’t process any sales. REI says its #OptOutside movement is growin...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
23.11.2018

REI says its #OptOutside movement is growing

For the fourth year running, employees of Seattle-based REI have the day off on Black Friday. The co-op’s stores are all closed on the biggest retail day of the year – and its website won’t process any sales. REI says its #OptOutside movement is growin...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
21.11.2018

DNR chief asks for $90 million; agency's request aims to help salmon, orcas

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the Legislature for nearly $90 million dollars to protect and improve aquatic lands. DNR chief Hilary Franz says the package will support the work of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
21.11.2018

DNR chief asks for $90 million; agency's request aims to help salmon, orcas

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the Legislature for nearly $90 million dollars to protect and improve aquatic lands. DNR chief Hilary Franz says the package will support the work of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force.
Bellamy Pailthorp author
19.11.2018

After Failure Of I-1631, Work Progresses On Clean Fuel Standard

It may seem like nothing is happening to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state, especially after the failure of the carbon-fee measure, Initiative 1631. But work is progressing on a regional " clean fuel standard ."
Bellamy Pailthorp author
19.11.2018

After Failure Of I-1631, Work Progresses On Clean Fuel Standard

It may seem like nothing is happening to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state, especially after the failure of the carbon-fee measure, Initiative 1631. But work is progressing on a regional " clean fuel standard ."
Bellamy Pailthorp author
17.11.2018

Final Orca Recovery Recommendations Include Temporary Whale Watching Ban

Gov. Jay Inslee received a final report and recommendations from the Orca Recovery Task Force he appointed in May. The group suggests 36 action items to keep the Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. Among the most controversial is a temp...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
17.11.2018

Final Orca Recovery Recommendations Include Temporary Whale Watching Ban

Gov. Jay Inslee received a final report and recommendations from the Orca Recovery Task Force he appointed in May. The group suggests 36 action items to keep the Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. Among the most controversial is a temp...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
13.11.2018

Orca Task Force Ideas Include Temporary Whale Watching Ban, Possible Dam Removal

The state’s Orca Recovery Task Force will deliver its final recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday. Among the controversial items on the list is a last-minute proposal for a temporary ban on whale watching tours near the endangered Southern Resid...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
13.11.2018

Orca Task Force Ideas Include Temporary Whale Watching Ban, Possible Dam Removal

The state’s Orca Recovery Task Force will deliver its final recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday. Among the controversial items on the list is a last-minute proposal for a temporary ban on whale watching tours near the endangered Southern Resid...
Bellamy Pailthorp author
5.11.2018

To Flush Or Not To Flush: Agencies Navigate Conflicting Messages On Disposal Of Meds

Anyone living in the Puget Sound region has likely seen stories about prescription and illegal drugs polluting local waterways . Scientists have found traces of opioids and other pharmaceuticals in shellfish – and they're believed to also harm salmon a...
Bellamy Pailthorp author