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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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014: Where's the Green in the City's Residential Building Boom? (2 parts)

Part 1: Where's the Green in the City's Residential Building Boom?
In this first of a two part series on the area's residential building boom, we asked two simple questions. How much "green" is happening not only in market-rate construction but in the world of affordable, non-profit built housing? How deep is the green? Where do sustainability and social equity come into play?

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Part 2: Affordable Housing: Where Green Building Is Making Some Headway
In this second part of a two part series on "green" housing construction we zone in on the affordable housing market. Here "green" standards are mandatory for any non-profit developer. While the housing may not be as deep a green it includes a deeper understanding of the word "sustainability" and a strong dose of social equity.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014: Warm the Heart and the Belly with Green Gifting & Culinary Expression

In this season special we offer gift and culinary ideas from farmers markets, those low-carbon bastions of holiday sharing. The range of foods and value-added products available is sure to warm the heart and the belly. Come along!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014: Oil on the Tracks & Coastal Waters: Pacific NW Rises for Rail Safety & Planet's Future

If there was any question about how the public feels about “moving time bombs" - oil trains carrying volatile crude through Washington's coastal estuaries, aquifers, population centers and tribal lands - the answers became clear at a packed hearing before the state Department of Ecology last month. Ecology will present final recommendations on marine and rail oil safety to the Governor on December 1st. Martha Baskin has our report.

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