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It’s not just Alberta: Warming-fueled wildfires are increasing

Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather.


Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research

Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver.


Half of GOP conservatives say climate change is real, poll shows

The percentage of conservative Republicans who consider global warming a threat shot up 19 points in two years, to 47 percent, according to public opinion researchers at Yale University and …


171 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 171 countries began signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.


Exxon seeks to block subpoena over climate-change documents

Exxon Mobil Corp. is squaring off against government investigators who believe the energy giant covered up knowledge of how fossil fuels contribute to climate change.


Navy to require climate change reporting from vendors

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military – the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels – to say it will start requiring big vendors …


Rising nighttime temperatures melting snowpack earlier in the year

About 14 percent of the Spokane River basin’s snowpack has melted away over the past couple of weeks. The rapid melt-off was caused by nighttime mountain temperatures that were 10 …


Mount Spokane ice crawler may be a unique species, scientists say

Unusual creatures are lurking on and under the snow of Mount Spokane. They’re called ice crawlers, and a University of Wisconsin entomologist hypothesizes that these have enough genetic differences to …


NASA: Global warming is now changing how Earth wobbles

Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.


New study says global warming may be worse than experts think

Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests.


Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.


Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after …


Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected, study shows

Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica’s western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than …


Carbon tax initiative goes to November ballot in Washington

An initiative that would create a carbon tax in Washington state is now headed to the November ballot.


Improved California spring snowpack won’t end drought

California drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year, a key indicator …


Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.


Judge hears dismissal request in kids’ climate change suit

A federal judge is considering a dismissal request from defense attorneys in a lawsuit filed by a group of youths seeking a court order to reduce emissions contributing to climate …


U.S. breaks record for hottest winter

Federal meteorologists say the winter that has just ended was the hottest in U.S. records, thanks to the combination of El Nino and man-made global warming.


Groups petition for higher summer flows in Spokane River

State officials must do more to protect summer flows in the Spokane River, which will face increased challenges from climate change and population growth in years to come, environmental groups …


Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards

Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools.


Ed Mahlum and Joe Ryan: Carbon tax is best climate change solution

By establishing a carbon tax and lowering the sales tax, Washington state can be at the forefront of addressing the long-term consequences of climate change.


Earth sets 9th straight monthly heat record

The January figures are in, and Earth’s string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the …


Avista wants to install 265 electric vehicle charging stations in Eastern Washington

Avista has asked state regulators to approve a two-year pilot program that would greatly expand the use of electric vehicles in Eastern Washington, installing 265 charging stations in homes, workplaces …


Supreme Court blocks Obama’s climate change rules

The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Barack Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality.


California still being battered by powerful winds

Powerful winds lashed Southern California on Monday at the tail end of a winter storm that also brought heavy rain and mountain snow.


Scientists: “Doomsday Clock” reflects grave threat to world

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Scientists behind a “Doomsday Clock” that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm say the world is still under grave threat. The Bulletin of the Atomic …


Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant under scrutiny for greenhouse gas emissions

Spokane’s waste-to-energy plants ranks among Washington’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, releasing about 105,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.


Snowmaking becoming a game-changer for area ski resorts

Snowmaking equipment, once thought of as expensive and exotic, is now thought of as insurance for area ski resorts.


Amy Goodman: Paris climate deal falls short of needed changes

Small temperature increases will melt ice, swamp islands.


Inslee wants state to trade pollution credits with Canada, buy more electric cars

Carbon pollution credits and more state vehicles that run on batteries could be in Washington state’s future, Gov. Jay Inslee said from Paris.