Stories tagged: environment
Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 6 a.m.
Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well
The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.
Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 10:47 a.m.
The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.
Mon., Dec. 31, 2018
In the early 2000s, the world’s only freshwater cod was all but gone from the waters of the Kootenai River in north Idaho and British Columbia. Once counted in the …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.
2018: The year outdoors
Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
The most read outdoor stories of 2018 presented chronologically.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
2018: Outdoor transitions
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Feats of outdoor bravery, skill and persistence were achieved in 2018.
Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 5 p.m.
A recent U.N. panel’s report estimates we have about 12 years to get global carbon emissions under control. Its call for “rapid and far-reaching” change seems overwhelming. Here are some …
Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
A local environmental organization and a group of residents challenging the legality of a revived mine have turned to a planning agency that oversees land-use regulations in the Columbia River …
Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
The Steinkes’ commitment to their cause is impressive and reaches heights unparalleled by the average person. They treat environmental activism like a small business, one that requires weekend shifts, odd …
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
The Gonzaga University School of Law will host a workshop and talk on PCBs, Monsanto and the Spokane River at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Barbieri Courtroom at the …
Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2018
On Saturday, roughly 600 joined in the annual Free the Snake Flotilla, a protest of the four lower Snake River Dams.
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
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: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 5 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 12:46 p.m.
Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil …
Sat., July 28, 2018, 3:50 p.m.
Thousands of scientists expressed alarm this week at the expansion of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A report in BioScience outlined the dangers of building a continuous and impermeable …
UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:43 p.m.
The city of Spokane recently completed a program to remove all lead lines in its water system.
UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.
Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.
Sat., July 21, 2018, 5 a.m.
So-called “Silva Cells,” chambers of fluffy soil and air used to store stormwater, are being constructed with plastic frames beneath several intersections in the historic West Central neighborhood. They’re part …
Sat., July 14, 2018, 4 a.m.
The four dams on the Lower Snake River are in no danger of going away. At least not at the hands of congressional candidates for Eastern Washington.
UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 5 a.m.
Instead of stomata that open during the day, cacti have stomata that open at night. This helps them survive in extreme conditions. Cacti can still get the carbon dioxide they …
Wed., April 11, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
For decades, environmental rules that protected whales and other marine life from this cacophony have limited the location and frequency of these blasts – preventing oil companies from exploring, and …
Tue., April 10, 2018, 12:14 p.m.
The Washington State Department of Ecology has
Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
“We’re potentially on the brink of a materials revolution that could help rebalance our relationship with our planet and reshape society for the better. Consumers are looking for brands and …
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 10:24 p.m.
For the third time in a decade, Starbucks on Tuesday made a major commitment to redesigning paper coffee cups so they can be more widely recycled and composted, while emphasizing …
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 6:55 p.m.
Months after three major hurricanes devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, the White House once again proposed slashing spending on government programs to combat climate change.
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 5:32 p.m.
The Islamic State footprint on Iraq’s environment may be unprecedented and permanent, with a toxic legacy that includes wide-scale cattle deaths, fields that no longer yield edible crops and chronic …