Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012: Green ‘Infrastructure’ aka Tree Canopy and the Critical Role of the Volunteer

In this first in a two part series Martha Baskin brings us to the world of urban habitat restoration – rescuing trees from invasive ivy and clearing rivers and streams of urban detritus. The work is a joint effort of the Green Seattle Partnership, non-profits and volunteers, who play a critical role in making it happen. First stop –Seward Park.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012: A Death in the Family: Southern Resident Orca Pod Loses Female

The death of an orca off the coast this week and recent use of high frequency sonar by the Canadian Navy has whale advocates on high alert. The National Resource Defense Council plans to appeal the action to the Canadian and US governments. The burning question: why was sonar, known to cause internal stress and sometimes death, allowed in coastal waters designated as critical habitat for endangered orcas? Martha Baskin has our report.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012: A Toxic Hot Spot Gets a Make Over and Otters and Salmon A New Urban Rest Stop

After years of study, one of the region’s toxic hot spots just got a major make over. It didn’t come cheap. The total cost was a cool eight million. But the clean up demonstrated that an urban waterway can be home to both industry and nature. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2, 2012: Particles and Half-Lives: Hanford through the Eyes of Artists and Scientists

"Particles and Half-Lives" is the name of a new exhibit that looks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation through the eyes of artists and poets. Hanford, you ask? Isn’t that history? Not quite. The most contaminated nuclear waste site in the Western Hemisphere has a long way to go before its toxic legacy is no longer a threat to the environment and public safety. Martha Baskin has our report.

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