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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 …


Less shouting, more discussion urged in debate on climate

Griffin Thompson wants to turn down the heat on the debate over climate change. The Spokane native and graduate of Gonzaga University is in Spokane this week representing the U.S. …


Studies continue to prove Earth’s climate changes often

We’re used to thinking that the weather changes – from day to day and week to week. But it’s also a fact that Earth’s climate is always changing, and it …


Groups petition Montana to end wolverine trapping

HELENA — Eight conservation and sportsmen groups are petitioning Montana to ban the trapping of wolverines, citing a government finding that climate change may threaten the survival of the fierce, …


Longtime environmental activist receives award

Long before most Americans knew about global warming, Julian Powers was sounding the alarm. In lectures on college campuses, at Earth Day fairs and through letters to the editor, the …


Field reports: Study shows Mount Adams glaciers shrinking faster

CLIMATE CHANGE – Portland State University researchers say the 12 glaciers on 12,276-foot Mount Adams have shrunk by nearly half since 1904 and are receding faster than those of nearby …


Whitebark pines’ decline ‘rapid’

Ravaged by an introduced pest and facing threats from climate change, stands of whitebark pines are disappearing rapidly from the West’s high-elevation forests. The gnarly looking pines, whose fat-laden seeds …


Forecast: Sunny with a 50 percent chance of anxiety

On May days here in the 1970s, I didn’t worry much when I looked out the window of my morning high school classes and saw the pouring rain. I knew …


Global warming heats up Inland NW ag research

The Inland Northwest has been going through one of its coolest and wettest springs ever while farmers and scientists are convening this week to launch a $20 million research program …


Senate drops climate bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders shelved plans for major energy and climate legislation on Thursday, a bow to political reality that ended their hopes for action this year to reduce …


Warming adds to marmots’ mealtime

LOS ANGELES – Every year, scientists fan out across Colorado’s Upper East River Valley to count the yellow-bellied marmots that make their home there in rocky meadows bordered by aspen, …


Climate change bill proposes compromises

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. senators Wednesday unveiled a new climate and energy bill that makes some concessions to business and would change the way the nation produces and uses electricity …


Panel clears climate researchers

LONDON – Climate-change researchers accused of manipulating or hiding data in last year’s “Climategate” affair were guilty of sloppy record-keeping but not bad science, an independent panel in Britain concluded …