Stories tagged: environment
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 8:54 p.m.
Indonesia condemns palm oil firm’s hostage-taking over fires
Indonesia’s minister of environment and forestry has condemned attempts by a palm oil company to stop an investigation into forest fires by taking ministry investigators hostage.
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Future climate change field test doesn’t make Earth greener
In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test – growing California flowers and grasslands with …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Elephant population in Africa plunges due to poaching, census finds
JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s elephant population is decreasing dramatically due to poaching, plunging by more than 140,000 between 2007 and 2014, according to a study published Wednesday. The Great Elephant Census …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii
President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 9:22 a.m.
Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution
Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Protesters who shut down trains in Bellingham arrested
BNSF Railway says five people who blocked the main rail line in Bellingham during a protest against oil and coal trains have been arrested.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
More disease testing planned for Yellowstone, tributaries
Montana wildlife officials are conducting tests on fish from additional areas to see if they are infected with a disease blamed in a massive fish kill in the Yellowstone River.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:17 p.m.
California court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold
California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 12:05 p.m.
Tugboats move into place to re-float oil rig in Scotland
Two tugboats have moved into place to re-float an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach in a storm.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 11:49 a.m.
Weathercatch: Compared to ‘corn sweat,’ wheat is small stuff
“Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among cornstalks explained how millions of crop acres …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 11:25 p.m.
Judge upholds Oregon denial of coal export permit
An administrative law judge in Oregon on Friday found that state regulators acted within their authority when they rejected a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River that would funnel …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
Ponderay Newsprint fined for running diesel engines without permits
Ponderay Newsprint Co. was fined $24,000 for operating diesel engines at its Usk facility without permits since November 2015.
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016, 2:06 p.m.
Oregon Zoo releases last summer batch of threatened butterflies
The Oregon Zoo has released the last batch of its zoo-raised Oregon silverspot butterflies into the wild as it winds up a summer program aimed at boosting the numbers of …
Sat., Aug. 6, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Millions’ of frogs descend on Black Lake
A “plague of frogs” descended upon Black Lake in Idaho.
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 6:24 p.m.
Federal judge orders EPA to finalize fish consumption rule
A federal judge on Wednesday set a timeline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize water-quality rules designed to protect human health in Washington state.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 6:55 p.m.
Oregon bottle deposit rising to a dime next year
Oregon’s bottle deposit will soon go from a nickel to a dime, an effort to raise redemption rates that have sagged in recent years.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
Illegal oil dumping costly for taxpayers, Spokane County says
Spokane County officials say a rash of illegal dumping of used motor oil poses an environmental hazard and will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
‘Earth’s fever rises,’ scientists say
Earth’s fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 1:49 p.m.
Idaho group backtracks on plastic bag maker accusations
An Idaho environmental group that accused a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste says it made a mistake.
Sun., July 31, 2016, 11:03 p.m.
Climate change may be turning gulls into cannibals
Over the last decade, gulls on Protection Island have shown a growing taste for their neighbors’ eggs and chicks. The trend appears linked to climate change.
Fri., July 29, 2016, 1:32 p.m.
Vietnam says Taiwan firm’s pollution affected 200,000 people
Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned steel complex in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said in tallying the damage …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Washington may revisit dairy farm rules
Dairy farmers and environmentalists are criticizing new manure-control rules the state Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year.
Tue., July 19, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
Spokane City Council mulling vote on fines for oil, coal trains through downtown
The Spokane City Council will consider asking voters whether they want to fine companies that ship oil and coal by rail through downtown.
Sun., July 17, 2016
Study says drawing down Lower Granite Reservoir during summer could help fish
Drawing down Lower Granite Reservoir during summer heatwaves could be an effective tool to help sockeye salmon and other protected fish by mitigating high water temperatures, according to analysis preformed …
Sat., July 16, 2016, 7:08 a.m.
Oregon officials work to remove dam on Umatilla River
Eastern Oregon officials and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are working to remove a dam on the lower Umatilla River that for years has caused problems for …
Wed., July 13, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
China has been killing turtles, coral, giant clams in South China Sea, tribunal finds
China struck back loudly and forcefully Wednesday after an international tribunal invalidated many of its claims in the South China Sea. But Beijing has largely been silent about some of …
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:23 p.m.
Tacoma City Council votes to ban plastic bags
The Tacoma City Council has voted to ban the use of thin plastic bags by grocery stores and other businesses.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation announces $15.6 million in grants
Leonardo DiCaprio is upping the ante in his environmental philanthropy: His foundation has announced $15.6 million in grants for conservation efforts.
Sat., July 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
San Francisco enacts broad ban on foam cups, coolers, toys
People in San Francisco won’t be able to buy polystyrene foam coolers, kiddie pool toys or packing peanuts after supervisors approved a measure in June that goes far beyond the …
Wed., July 6, 2016, 8:52 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene officials may sell riverfront land to finance City Hall upgrade
Julie Dalsaso launched her kayak from Blackwell Island on Monday afternoon, using the brief paddling excursion on the Spokane River to demonstrate the value of a small piece of public …