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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane

The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Mayor David Condon vetoes renewable electricity law, calling it unaffordable and unattainable

The City Council appears to have enough votes to override the veto, which came on the eve of an international trip where city leaders will discuss their green efforts and …


Pope decries ‘emergency’ of plastics blighting world’s seas

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday called for concrete action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Washington state to fight Trump’s coal plant plan

Washington state plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposal to dismantle pollution rules that would have increased federal regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Jay Inslee …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

U.S. plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Spokane City Council adopts law calling for 2030 adoption of exclusively renewable electricity

A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after …


Renewable energy goal creates familiar tension between business, environment concerns

The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed …


Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather …


Seattle judge dismisses young activists’ climate lawsuit

A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

SEC drops investigation into Exxon climate change response

The Trump administration has dropped a two-year investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. factors climate-change regulations into its calculations of the value of its assets, the company said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:31 a.m.

Trump administration to freeze fuel efficiency requirements

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 – a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur …


Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

A new study finds that even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

Science says record heat, fires worsened by climate change

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


David Arkush and David Michaels: Climate change isn’t just cooking the planet. It’s cooking our workforce.

We are smashing heat records again this summer. We hear this so much now that there’s a risk we will start ignoring it before the key message sinks in: Global …


Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the …


Washington warmed slowest of all states over past 30 years – but what does it mean for climate change?

Thirty years ago this week, NASA climate expert James Hansen gave groundbreaking testimony before Congress. He told them that human-caused global warming was already happening.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

Emails show collaboration among EPA, climate-change deniers

Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Bee death increase may be tied to climate change, survey says

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the past year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the …


Froma Harrop: California keeps the faith on climate, replacing Washington

Many on the right insist that California’s tough environmental rules are strangling its businesses. Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain …


Miami Herald: Sea-level rise: the defining issue of the century

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches. In the past 23 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 6:30 a.m.

Skade’s slug: Newly discovered North Idaho species named for wildlife biologist’s daughter

A new species of jumping slug has been discovered in the coldest glades of the Selkirk Mountains. It was named Skade’s jumping slug after a girl who will experience significiant …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Lights go dark for Earth Hour to focus on climate change

Since beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in, from turning off the porch lights to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Report: Coal’s tipping point near, but climate goals are not

Declines in coal power plant construction in China, India and the U.S. are projected to push the heavily-polluting fuel over the edge – but not fast enough to meet international …


As Louisiana island shrinks, state paying to move residents

The effects of global warming can be seen and touched in Louisiana, where officials have begun buying higher ground to relocate an entire town in a bayou being swallowed by …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Warming trends: Climate change to shorten Mt. Spokane’s season

Today’s young skiers could see significant changes in snowpack at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park by the time they reach middle age. And by the end of this century, …


Local ski areas say they’re blessed with snow, but are planning ahead for changes in climate

Nationally, the ski industry has been proactive in preparing for climate change, which expected to shorten the winter recreation season. Local ski areas are also engaged.


Beech booming as climate changes, and that’s bad for forests

Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve school science standards in full – with no deletions on climate change

An Idaho Senate committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve new school science standards as is and not delete any parts – ending three years of controversy and debate.


Shawn Vestal: Idaho schools should teach science, ignore legislators

By stripping the truth about climate change from educational science standards, the members of the Idaho House Education Committee have equated established scientific knowledge with overconfident ignorance, columnist Shawn Vestal …