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  • 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 …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

    Area high schools win top awards in Avista video competition

    When Ferris High School students Mark Balabanov, 17, Colin Calvert, 18, and Irina Peregudova, 15, got a class assignment to make an energy preservation video for Avista, they were all …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013

    Environmentalists win megaload challenge

    BOISE – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority two years ago to intervene in Idaho’s decision to permit a series of massive shipments …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2013

    Groups to sue over limiting of caribou habitat

    Environmental groups intend to sue the federal government over its decision to cut more than 90 percent of the land originally proposed as critical habitat for the last mountain caribou …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013, 5:56 A.M.

    Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    BILLINGS, Mont. — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012, 10:48 A.M.

    Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

    FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012, 3:50 P.M.

    EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012, 9:06 A.M.

    EPA to tighten standards for soot pollution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012, 12:13 A.M.

    AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012, 4:03 P.M.

    A look at California’s very high ‘king tides’

    Seawater floods highways and low-lying communities near California beaches. The cause: so-called “king tides” pulling the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal. WHAT IS A KING TIDE?


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012, 3:54 P.M.

    California sees unusually high ‘king tides’

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Seawater spread into several low-lying communities along the California coast Thursday morning as unusually high “king tides” pulled the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal. …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012, 8:56 A.M.

    Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

    NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012, 2:02 P.M.

    Colorado River water report released in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West projecting that the Colorado River won’t be able to meet the demands over the …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012, 4:54 A.M.

    Indy to replace entire fleet with electric, hybrid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012, 3:33 P.M.

    NY, 6 other states suing EPA over drilling methane

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states announced plans Tuesday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is violating the Clean Air Act by failing to address methane …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012, 7:31 A.M.

    APNewsBreak: Texas judge halts oil pipeline work

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012, 10:47 A.M.

    Energy experts say drilling can be made cleaner

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the Colorado mountains, a spike in air pollution has been linked to a boom in oil and gas drilling. A thousand miles away on the plains …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012, 9:57 A.M.

    Report: Asian economies will surpass US, Europe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012, 1:53 P.M.

    Breathers beware: Particulate fouls icy Fairbanks

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stanford University Medical Center doctors gave Alex Lee a parting gift at the end of his heart operations earlier this year: surgeon’s masks. They knew Lee, …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012, 2:30 A.M.

    Crew tows whale carcass in Malibu out to sea

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A tugboat towed the decomposing carcass of a whale from a Malibu beach out to sea, several days after it washed ashore and created a stench …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2012, 8:30 P.M.

    Rotting whale carcass in Malibu towed out to sea

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The decaying carcass of a whale that washed onto a California beach was towed out to sea Saturday, five days after it washed ashore and created …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2012, 5:23 A.M.

    USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says. A month after an election that Democrats won …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012, 1:21 A.M.

    Rotting whale casts foul stench into Malibu

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 6:01 A.M.

    APNewsBreak: Feds funnel millions into Gulf Coast

    HOUSTON (AP) — Days before a newly formed council focuses on long-term Gulf of Mexico cleanup, a report released to The Associated Press shows that one federal agency has committed …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 12:31 A.M.

    Grizzly managers look toward bear hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trophy grizzly bear hunts are under consideration for the Northern Rockies in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of federal protection for the …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 12:47 P.M.

    Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 7:49 A.M.

    Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 7:32 A.M.

    Air quality raises concern at NJ train wreck site

    PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Residents of Paulsboro were ordered to stay inside and schools were closed Monday after unsafe levels of a chemical were found in the air near where …


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