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  • SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015

    Liz Carlisle: Bill to help young farmers misses opportunity

    A bill recently introduced in Congress, the Young Farmer Success Act, would make farmers eligible for federally subsidized student loan forgiveness – just as teachers and nurses are now – …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015, 6:12 A.M.

    Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015, 1:46 P.M.

    By 2050, warm winter could be normal for Northwest

    Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal.


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015, 2:23 P.M.

    Northwest residents, with wood to burn, among top polluters

    BOISE — Oregon, Idaho, and Washington residents are among the top polluters in the nation when it comes to fine particle emissions from burning wood to heat homes.


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015, 1:18 P.M.

    In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014, 12:53 P.M.

    Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions dropping

    SEATTLE (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state dropped by about 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011, led by reductions in emissions from the electricity sector, a new state …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014, 10:09 A.M.

    California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

    Spokane mountaineer’s film links climbing, salmon, environment

    When one of Spokane’s handful of world-class mountaineers decided to make a movie, you’d think it would be about climbing. Chris Kopczynski, 66, has scanned the world from the top …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014, 9:03 A.M.

    Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014, 11:27 A.M.

    Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2014

    Field reports: Sockeye tally grows on Columbia, Snake

    FISHING – Sockeye continue to set records for their total run this year up the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The record of 521,000 counted into the Columbia over Bonneville Dam …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014, 9:31 A.M.

    Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014

    George Takei takes notice of North Idaho solar road enterprise

    When the helmsman of the USS Enterprise likes your invention, you know you’re on the road to success. George Takei, who portrayed Sulu on “Star Trek” and has more than …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

    Toxic cleanup set for 125 Idaho sites

    Federal officials plan to spend $38 million in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin this summer cleaning up toxic pollution left from a century’s worth of mining in the region. …


  • MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014, 12:32 P.M.

    Antarctic ice sheet collapse unstoppable, studies find

    The huge West Antarctic ice sheet is starting a glacially slow collapse in an unstoppable way, two new studies show. Alarmed scientists say that means even more sea level rise …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014, 10:37 A.M.

    At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Calling it the right thing to do for America’s bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014, 2:54 A.M.

    UN climate report balances science and politics

    BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014, 3:31 A.M.

    Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014, 5:13 A.M.

    Kerry in Indonesia to talk climate change

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia to discuss climate change and press authorities in Jakarta to step up efforts to combat it. Kerry …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

    State panel orders shoreline rules tightened in Spokane County

    Spokane County is doing too little to protect lakes and rivers from human septic waste, a state panel charges. The Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is ordering the county and …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

    Students learn about recycling, repurposing through textile drive

    Riverday School may be small, but the independent nonprofit hopes to make a big difference in the environment. With 20 students enrolled in grades K-6, three full-time teachers and one …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013, 11:45 A.M.

    Industry takes aim at AP ethanol investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

    Out & About: Salt baiting Illegal in Idaho

    OUTLAW – Elk and deer are crazy for salt, and that craving, exploited by unethical and illegal hunters, is getting them killed, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

    Washington oil terminal permits to be revoked

    SEATTLE – State officials said Wednesday they are revoking permits for two planned oil train terminals in southwest Washington after deciding the projects should face more environmental scrutiny. The state …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013, 1:08 A.M.

    Climate panel: Warming ‘extremely likely’ man-made

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013, 8:40 P.M.

    Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

    YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press. Forestry spokesman …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013, 11:53 A.M.

    Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

    Pollution rules delayed after Boeing balks

    Entering her final year in office, former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire found herself in a difficult spot. Indian tribes, powerful supporters of the governor, wanted stricter water pollution rules.


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013

    Water pollution limits stalled

    The Washington state Department of Ecology has known since the 1990s that its water-pollution limits mean some Washingtonians regularly consume dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals in fish from local waterways. …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013, 4:11 A.M.

    Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the …


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