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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 …


Tolstoy Farms recovering after winter washout

When the first flood hit Tolstoy Farms on Feb. 13, it was so unusually violent neighbors called it a 50-year flood. Water came rushing down the canyon side carrying silt, …


Inslee task force to tackle issue of carbon emissions

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order to fight climate change. At …


Climate group urges activism in investing

Getting public institutions and pension funds to pull their investment dollars from fossil fuels is the new push for climate activists, an organizer said Thursday during a talk in Coeur …


Coal quandary: Avista uses cheap power, but Inslee wary

COLSTRIP, Mont. – On Montana’s eastern plains, there’s a town that was built to burn coal and produce electricity for the Northwest’s largest cities. Smokestacks loom over Colstrip, a company …


Root rot to become bigger problem for Douglas firs, study suggests

A fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees costs the timber industry millions of dollars each year, and it’s likely to become a bigger killer as the climate …


The Rock Doc: Growth rings track more than the age of trees

As every schoolchild knows, counting the growth rings in a tree tells you how old the tree is. But some samples of wood can tell you even more than age. …


West Coast states and BC to link climate policies

SAN FRANCISCO — The governors of Western U.S. states and a Canadian province will announce a partnership to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy. Governors of California, Oregon, …


Gov. Jay Inslee pushes transportation plan

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Spokane on Wednesday, urging state lawmakers to craft a new transportation bill that would include money for the North Spokane Corridor. “I think we ought to …


Climate report has conundrum with warming, emissions

STOCKHOLM – Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming …


Rock Doc: Medieval monks’ records a window to climate study

Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out. Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard’s Francis Ludlow announced results of …


The Rock Doc: Cave formations another record of climate change

Some of the interesting features of certain caves are stalactites and stalagmites, the columnlike features that hang down from the ceiling and are built up from the floor. Humans have …


Global warming hot discussion topic

After two decades as a school bus driver, Ted Baca says he has no doubt that climate change is real. Not only are polar ice sheets melting, Baca said, but …


Idaho researchers tap citizen scientists to survey rare creatures

Researchers are putting the spotlight on reclusive creatures in the Inland Northwest, ranging from slugs and frogs to lynx and wolverines. How climate change and other modern threats will impact …


Study finds hummingbirds migrate earlier

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating to North America weeks earlier than in decades past, and research indicates that higher temperatures in their winter habitat may be the reason. …


Rally to put focus on climate change

Environmentalists from the Inland Northwest are planning a rally Sunday at Riverfront Park as part of a national call for curtailing human-caused climate change. The Forward on Climate rally and …


Spin Control: Inslee, GOP hardly exchanging bouquets in early jousting

OLYMPIA – The start of a new Legislature with a new administration is much given over to pomp and ceremony, so it wasn’t too surprising that most of the players …


US roasts to hottest year on record by landslide

WASHINGTON — America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year …


Different green energy ideas from McKenna, Inslee

TACOMA — Climate change may have faded as a national issue, but it remains prominent in the Washington governor’s race. When it comes to incentives and regulations to help green—energy …