Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017: Hard Rains, Polluted Run-off, and Salmon

For over a century, cities have been developed in ways that interrupt the natural water cycle. Hard surfaces prevent rain from soaking naturally into the soil. Instead stormwater floods through streets, carrying pollution directly to local waterways. For some species of salmon, stormwater can be lethal. Others can handle it, but only briefly or at certain stages of their life. In this feature Martha Baskin checks out an urban creek on a stormy day when salmon had returned to spawn.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017: Restoring Urban Forests with a Little Help from Humanity

Without intervention, forested parks in Seattle are at risk of losing 70% of tree cover in just 20 years. It's a problem many cities face, with invasive plants taking over and holding down natural growth. A unique government, non-profit, and volunteer partnership is turning things around. Martha Baskin joined a restoration project in south Seattle and has the story.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017: Does natural gas have a role in a clean energy future?

Does natural gas have a role in the region's clean energy future? It depends on who you ask. The NW Energy Coalition recently brought policy makers, environmental advocates, utilities and businesses to the table for a Clean and Affordable Energy Conference to explore the issue. With climate goals at risk, it's a high stakes question. Martha Baskin brings us this report.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017: Bridging the Gap Between Kids and Farms

It's not often that school-age children get to experience the bounty of food grown on farms in Seattle's fertile neighboring valleys. "Farm to table" is best known as a culinary experience at high end restaurants. One after-school and pre-school care program is turning that around. Not only are they sourcing locally grown food with the help of a start-up to "bridge the gap between fields and kitchens," they're working to make sure staff know how to cook with the valleys unique ripe and ready produce. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017: Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life - Interview with David Montgomery

From the Romans through the US Dust Bowl to today's conventional industrial agriculture, great societies that abused their land risked famine and often downfall. In his most recent book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Health, David Montgomery, a MacArthur Fellow and geomorphology professor at the University of Washington, offers an optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world's soil, increase food production, boost cost effectiveness,and slow climate change.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

August 29, 2017: Can the Public Push Puget Sound Energy toward a 100% Clean Energy Diet?

At a packed public hearing, majority testimony urged the state's largest private utility, Puget Sound Energy, to shed all fossil fuels – 60% of its energy comes from coal and gas – and adopt a clean energy diet. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will decide whether the utility can increase rates by year's end, but the most contentious issue is what energy mix PSE will use now and into the future. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017: Food in Motion: Rescuing Food - A Moral Win and a Climate Win for the Planet

It's no secret that food loss and food waste are big problems. At least 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted every year – at restaurants and markets, in storage, in fields and during transport in industrialized and developed countries alike. Food waste that ends up in the landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that's 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. A non-profit in Seattle is doing its part to rescue food for those living on the streets. Last year they rescued over 900,000 pounds of food alone – a moral win and a climate win for the planet. Martha Baskin has the story.

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