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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.


El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

LOS ANGELES – A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Nino. Some …


UW report: Climate change to boost Puget Sound sea levels

The Puget Sound region is projected to face more intense flooding, rising sea levels, heavier downpours and thinner winter snowpack as temperatures continue to warm in coming decades, according to …


Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

Democratic governors are being squeezed by the mandate in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions – perhaps none more than Montana’s Steve Bullock, the one …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 11:04 a.m.

Meeting to discuss carbon reduction plan’s impact on Washington manufacturing

The Steelworkers will hold a townhall meeting Saturday to talk about pending climate legislation and how it might impact manufacturing jobs.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 5:05 p.m.

Pacific Northwest’s 2015 weather likely to be repeated, climate scientists say

The unusual weather of 2015 is the Northwest’s trial run for future conditions under climate change, climate scientists say.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 6:45 p.m.

Future of Avista’s coal power to be discussed in Spokane Wednesday

About 9 percent of Avista Utilities’ electricity comes from a coal-burning plant in Montana. Colstrip’s future will be discussed at a Wednesday meeting in Spokane.


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 …