Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015: Seed Lending Libraries Place a Premium on Diversity

Seed lending libraries are sprouting up all over the country. Their purpose is two-fold. One, to exchange, share, and maintain a diverse supply of open pollinating non-GMO seeds. And two, to cultivate more gardeners and growers to join the seed saving effort. In this feature we visit a seed library in Seattle and get some advice from those committed to growing the movement.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015: Raft Up! Resistance to Shell's Arctic Drilling Builds in the Pacific Northwest

Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer, a 400-foot-tall Arctic drilling rig reached the Washington coast today. The subject of intense controversy after the Port of Seattle offered Shell a home port to facilitate Arctic drilling, the rig will remain in Port Angeles for several weeks before being escorted to the Port of Seattle. Our story brings us to Elliott Bay in Seattle, where a kayak fleet is in training. Mass direct action on land and sea is underway in preparation for the Polar Pioneer's expected arrival in Seattle in mid-May.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015: Derailing Fast Track 9-0: Seattle City Council Takes on Obama's Free Trade Agenda

The vote was 9 to 0 against Obama's request for trade promotion authority commonly called “fast track”. The Seattle City Council vote followed a similar resolution passed earlier by a smaller port city in Washington, Bellingham, and follows those passed in Hollywood and Berkeley, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and others. The resolutions may be symbolic – trade agreements are written by industry advisers and signed off at the federal level – but Seattle's vote is considered significant coming from a state that often bills itself as the nation's most trade dependent.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015: Opposition Mounts to Seattle Hosting Shell's Arctic Drilling Fleet

The lease is signed. But whether the Port of Seattle becomes a home port for Shell's Arctic drilling fleet this Spring is uncertain. Public opinion at a recent Port meeting was 6 to 1 against the action. Seattle's Mayor Murray asked for a review of the city's Shoreline Management Act and the non-profit law firm Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit to stop it. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015: The cities and the oil trains. Unsafe at any speed?

Two more recent oil train explosions have opponents of what many call "bombs on rails" on edge. This week they gathered at Seattle's King Street Station. The Great Northern Tunnel that runs beneath it continues under the city's famous Pike Place Market. An estimated 19 oil trains each carrying 100 tank cars of flammable crude run through the city and the state every week.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015: Positive Trends for Winter Seabirds on Some Puget Sound Near Coasts

In a marine world where good news is sometimes hard to find, an increase in winter seabirds is cause for celebration. Eighteen species along Puget Sound's near coasts are on the rise, including loons, surf scoters, buffleheads and rhinoceros auklets. A recently released report, Using Citizen Science to Identify Local Hotspots of Seabird Occurrence, tells all about it. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015: Trading Away Our Environmental Future with the Trans Pacific Partnership

Although making sure trade deals don't harm communities and the planet may not be a government priority yet, activists are convinced that if they can stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, it could mean an improvement for future trade negotiation. This week we take a closer look at the agreement opponents call "NAFTA on steroids," with guests Naomi Klein; Ilana Solomon, Responsible Trade Director with the Sierra Club; and Alisa Simmons, Deputy Director of Global Trade Watch. The three took part in a national call-in to "FlushtheTPP," the trade agreement the Obama administration has pledged to support.

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