Stories tagged: environment
THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016, 9:25 P.M.
Michigan lawmakers approve $28M more for Flint water crisis
Michigan lawmakers directed another $28 million on Thursday to address Flint’s lead-contaminated water supply, allocating money for bottled water, medical assessments and other costs for the financially struggling city.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016, 5:35 P.M.
Weathercatch: January’s gray comes with silver lining
If you’ve been sloshing through a case of the winter blah’s, you’re not alone. Drizzle, snow, freezing rain, fog – only a duck would love the kind of January we’re …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016, 5:33 P.M.
Gardening: Easy-to-grow kale provides boost to healthy diet
If you are on a health kick this year, be sure to add kale to your diet. Kale you say? That weird looking and tasting member of the cabbage family? …
FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2016, 10:40 A.M.
U.S. seeks to limit methane gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites
The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land.
THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016, 8:47 P.M.
Goldmark: $24M more needed to battle Washington wildfires
Last year’s wildfire season was the worst in state history, and state Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark on Thursday asked the Legislature for an additional $24 million to prevent a …
THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016
Fight continues to keep invasive mussels out of Northwest states
BOISE – Idaho, Washington and a few surrounding states are the last places where invasive quagga and zebra mussels haven’t taken hold, and a Montana legislator wants it to stay …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 5:15 P.M.
Fish hatchery suspected as a source of PCBs in the Spokane River
A state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing cancer-causing PCBs, and its wastewater should monitored as a pollution source, river advocates say.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 11:10 A.M.
2015 was hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report
For the past 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014’s record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2016, 7:08 P.M.
University seeks retraction, says researcher’s study data is a bunch of bull
A researcher exploring ways to convert cow poop into electrical power faked data and claimed his laboratory notebook blew into a manure pit, according to a Washington State University investigation.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2016
Weathercatch: Spokane’s variable weather all about location
If you live in the Inland Northwest, you know about its zigzaggy climate: One week we’re dressed in shorts, the next in coats; one day we’re opening umbrellas, the next …
SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2015, 6 A.M.
Inland Northwest residents share their New Year’s resolutions for region
The staff at The Spokesman-Review posed the following question to Inland Northwest residents from all walks of life: “What’s one thing you’d like to see happen in the region in …
TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2015, 5:28 P.M.
UW report: Climate change to boost Puget Sound sea levels
The Puget Sound region is projected to face more intense flooding, rising sea levels, heavier downpours and thinner winter snowpack as temperatures continue to warm in coming decades, according to …
TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2015, 4:17 P.M.
Closure of three coal-fired power plants will shrink region’s carbon footprint
Three coal-fired plants in Washington, Oregon and Nevada are scheduled to close, which will shrink the Northwest’s carbon footprint by 2035.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4, 2015, 3:52 P.M.
Volkswagen faces more pressure as bad news piles up
Investors and regulators put more pressure on Volkswagen on Wednesday after the company said it had understated the carbon dioxide emissions for 800,000 cars, widening its scandal over cheating on …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2015, 8:18 P.M.
New LED streetlights are green, but have some Spokane residents seeing red
As part of a five-year project to replace 30,000 company-owned streetlights with energy-efficient bulbs, Avista has begun switching out the orange glow of sodium lights with the bright white of …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015
Oil spill closes St. Joe River; origin sought
An oil sheen on 1 1/2 miles of the St. Joe River is restricting boating traffic on the river and at the Aqua Park beach and boat launch in St. …
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. …