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Intolerable heat forecast for Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON – If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human …


Climate change impacts Northwest fish, wildlife and local outdoor economies

If fishing opportunities dry up in Montana and other states with cool freshwater fisheries, so will tourists’ dollars and the jobs they support, some state officials say.


State plan to curb carbon pollution from 35 facilities, including Spokane’s trash incinerator, under consideration

Washington’s proposed rule to curb carbon pollution will be discussed at a Tuesday meeting in Spokane.


Editorial: I-732 promises politics-neutral carbon tax solution for Washington

A carbon tax in Washington makes a lot of sense, especially the revenue-neutral plan touted by CarbonWA, a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization that is well on its way to gathering enough …


Washington state rules target greenhouse gases

Some of Washington’s largest polluters will have to cut back greenhouse emissions under new rules state officials are developing. The rules would target about 35 industrial facilities jointly responsible for …


New state rule would target largest greenhouse gas emitters

On the heels of a historic drought and the worst fire season in state history, the Washington Department of Ecology has begun writing a rule that would require the state’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 9:57 a.m.

Inslee takes lawmakers to task over Ex-Im bank

OLYMPIA – Eastern Washington’s Republican members of Congress should stop being “climate deniers” and work harder to reauthorize a key financing mechanism for international trade that helps the state, Gov. …


Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.


Inslee, U.S. senators promise push for federal funds as fires top 400,000 acres

CHELAN, Washington – With smoke filtering the summer sun and flags at half-staff to honor three firefighters killed near Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee and other top elected officials pledged state …


Robert J. Samuelson: Economy prioritized over global warming solutions

On climate change, we need to go beyond the tired storyline of “deniers” versus the “scientific consensus.” Until it’s discredited by falling temperatures, global warming is a reality. We can …


Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead today with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain …


Hot weather impacting climbing on Mount Rainier

Washingtonians without air conditioning aren’t the only ones suffering from record-setting temperatures this summer. The glacier-covered faces of Mount Rainier are melting faster than usual this year, creating conditions on …


Rich Landers: Rocky Ford Creek’s higher water level contrast to norm

Consider yourself an old timer if you’ve seen the St. Joe River this low in late June. The flows this week were 28 percent below the low-flow record set in …


Spokane’s Julian Powers, ‘Mr. Global Warming,’ dies at 88

Julian Powers, known as “Mr. Global Warming” to his friends, died Tuesday. He was 88. The retired Spokane engineer worked to educate local residents about the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse …


Spokane’s “Mr. Global Warming” dies

Julian Powers, known as “Mr. Global Warming” to his friends, died Tuesday. He was 88.


Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon …


Survey: Two-thirds of Spokane County residents believe in global warming

About 65 percent of Spokane County residents think global warming is happening, but only about 45 percent believe it’s mostly human-caused, according to a national model of climate change perceptions. …


House panel discusses Inslee’s carbon cap-and-trade proposal

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to charge some of the state’s largest businesses for carbon pollution their operations generate drew praise and criticism Thursday in its debut before a …


Proposed low-carbon fuel standard draws praise, criticism

Pacific Coast Canola produces up to 120,000 gallons of oil daily at a crushing plant near Moses Lake. Most of the heart-healthy oil is used for cooking, but some is …


State seeks comment on clean fuels standard

The state Department of Ecology is seeking feedback on a controversial rule aimed at reducing the carbon pollution of transportation fuels over time.


The Rock Doc: Did climate play role in collapse of populations?

Climate is always changing. That’s one truth that stands out from the record around the world of natural samples of Earth materials, tree rings, ice layers and so much more. …


Inslee carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway

SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …


Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.


Inslee proposes carbon cap and trade program

Gov Jay Inslee is proposing a cap and trade program that would require industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they emit.


35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.


Don Brunell: Beware of Inslee climate-change agenda costs

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can. According to Washington state economists, a carbon …


Ozone layer is beginning to recover, scientists confirm

WASHINGTON – Earth’s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific …


Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not …


Inslee: Fires will worsen without emission control

OLYMPIA – With wildfire season approaching, Gov. Jay Inslee used an annual exercise to push for more controls on carbon emissions, saying forest fires will get worse in Washington if …


Report: Shrinking snowy areas may not be enough for both wolverines, outdoorsmen

Idaho’s backcountry skiers, snowmobilers and wolverine population could be competing for territory on the same shrinking snowfields in years to come, research compiled by the state suggests. Some climate models …