Stories tagged: environment
Wed., April 6, 2016, 10:18 a.m.
Smog-alert car ban jams metro, buses in Mexico City
Mexico City residents are packing buses and subway cars, and many are walking or biking to work because authorities have barred millions of vehicles from the streets due to a …
Tue., April 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
New technology will pull more pollution from Spokane’s sewage
One of the biggest public works project in Spokane’s history will begin this year, with the construction of a $126 million addition to the city’s sewage plant. The next level …
Tue., April 5, 2016, 11:16 a.m.
TransCanada says spill forces shut down of Keystone pipeline
TransCanada Corp. says the Keystone pipeline will likely remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota.
Mon., April 4, 2016, 12:52 p.m.
$20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill gets judge’s OK
A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
Washington studying if prescribed burns help prevent wildfires
SEATTLE ) – Washington officials are conducting a pilot program to weigh the benefits of prescribed burns in preventing wildfires. The Seattle Times reported that the state Department of Natural …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Health officials to study impact of wastewater on shellfish
The Washington Department of Health plans to study the impact wastewater has on shellfish in Grays Harbor.
Mon., April 4, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Lower-price Tesla orders reach 276,000
Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.
Sat., April 2, 2016, 7:59 a.m.
Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 180,000 as Elon Musk wows fans
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has come one step closer to realizing his long-held dream of bringing affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world’s highways. After months of secrecy, he unveiled …
Thu., March 31, 2016, 2:21 p.m.
Nuclear power plant near Richland resumes operations
The state’s only nuclear power plant has resumed generating electricity after suffering an unplanned shutdown on Monday.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected, study shows
Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica’s western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than …
Wed., March 30, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
Mexico City temporarily restricts all cars after smog alert
Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital’s worst air-quality crisis in over a decade.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
Carbon tax initiative goes to November ballot in Washington
An initiative that would create a carbon tax in Washington state is now headed to the November ballot.
Wed., March 30, 2016, midnight
Gardeners can grow lots of produce in planter pots
With our early spring, are those pots on your deck already calling out to be planted? Here are some ideas for filling them with cool-season vegetables and when the weather …
Wed., March 23, 2016, 11:19 a.m.
Weathercatch: March mild temperatures likely to linger with some unsettled interludes
The first day of spring was gentle as a lamb – a welcome change to the surly cat that preceded it. After a stretch of wet and windy weather for …
Tue., March 22, 2016, 8:52 p.m.
Lake CdA’s declining oxygen levels worry scientists
Oxygen levels are declining in Lake Coeur d’Alene, raising concerns about the heavy metals buried in mud at the bottom of the lake.
Wed., March 16, 2016, midnight
Gardening: Make birds welcome in your yard
Encouraging birds to take up summer residence in your yard not only provides entertainment, it provides you with an ever vigilant flock of bug catchers.
Tue., March 15, 2016, 8:36 a.m.
Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic
In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
Tue., March 15, 2016, 7:37 a.m.
Oregon State University to pay $275,000 for hazardous waste violations
Oregon State University has agreed to pay $275,000 in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which found multiple hazardous waste violations during a 2013 inspection of the Corvallis campus.
Fri., March 11, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
Oregon governor signs landmark anti-coal bill into law
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed one of the nation’s most aggressive pieces of pro-climate legislation into law.
Thu., March 10, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Judge hears dismissal request in kids’ climate change suit
A federal judge is considering a dismissal request from defense attorneys in a lawsuit filed by a group of youths seeking a court order to reduce emissions contributing to climate …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 5 p.m.
Tundra swan protection project underway near Rose Lake
A pilot project currently underway south of Rose Lake, Idaho, could help protect tundra swans from future lead poisoning from historic mining waste.
Wed., March 9, 2016, midnight
Weathercatch: March lion makes sheepish appearance
If the idiom, in like a lion, out like a lamb, holds true for the month of March, then the lion roared only one day this year. With the exception …
Wed., March 9, 2016, midnight
Gardening: Early bloomers add color to seasonal transition
The show stoppers right now in my garden are the blooming witch hazel, hazelnuts and pussy willows.
Tue., March 8, 2016, 3:47 p.m.
Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores
Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 10:01 a.m.
California high-speed rail project can proceed, judge says
A judge has ruled that California’s plans for a $64 billion, high-speed rail system do not violate promises made to voters when they approved state financing for the project.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Class-action lawsuit filed by residents over Flint water crisis
A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water was filed Monday on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials …
Sat., March 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
Reviving the urban forest: Advice for replacing trees lost to windstorm
On Nov. 17, Spokane was hit with a severe windstorm that caused hundreds of trees to topple. Many homeowners are now faced with the task of replacing those trees while …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 2:36 p.m.
Groups sue EPA for not finalizing ‘fish consumption’ rule
Several environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not updating Washington’s water-quality rules partly tied to how much fish people eat.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal
Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 7:44 a.m.
Nigerians sue Shell for oil spills contamination
Tens of thousands of Nigerian fishermen and farmers are suing multinational oil giant Shell in two new lawsuits filed Wednesday in a British High Court, alleging that decades of uncleaned …