Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015: Pilot Water Transfer Project Fights Drought with Innovation

Drought isn't new in the west. But in Washington state, those who grow the region's food have never experienced a growing season as water-challenged as this year. Farmers in the fertile Snoqualmie River Valley outside Seattle have come up with a temporary solution, a pilot water transfer project. The pilot is helping some farmers grow and harvest the organic fruits and veggies many have come to rely on.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015: Edible Gardens & Cool Tips for Growing in a Hot Summer

Drought in the West has hit Washington state pretty hard in the summer of 2015. Fires are raging in traditionally wet rain forests on the coast while farmers are stealing water in the Eastern part of the state to feed thirsty crops. Urban gardens are also feeling the pinch in cities like Seattle. But with the right techniques – there's no water rationing in the city to date - many edible gardeners are reaping a harvest. Martha Baskin took an edible garden tour and brings us this story.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 1, 2015: Global South Realities on Rise in Climate Justice Battle with Shell Over Arctic Drilling

"Climate justice" has become a rallying cry in the battle being played out in Seattle to pressure Shell from drilling in the Arctic this summer. We caught up with two climate justice activists with roots in the global south, Katrina Pestano and Sarra Tekola, to find out why.

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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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