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Washington falls slightly in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings

While Gov. Jay Inslee’s emphasis on combating climate change has helped the state land at the No. 10 spot on the list last year, the ranking represented a slight fall …


Big Tech’s eco-pledges aren’t slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Amazon, Microsoft and Google have made ambitious pledges to cut back on their carbon emissions, but they’re not severing their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry.


Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …


Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

Contentious proposals to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state are once again open for public comment.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.


‘We’re making big strides’: Spokane Indians work to eliminate waste at Avista Stadium

Behind the right-field stands at Avista Stadium, in an area called Compost Corner, members of the Spokane Indians “green team” sifted through bags of compostable items, looking for what didn’t …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Judge blocks killing of wolf pack’s last surviving member in NE Washington

On Friday, a judge temporarily blocked the killing of the sole surviving member of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack.


More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years

The Salmon Cannon, born in the apple fields of Eastern Washington, is a key component of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ plans to reintroduce salmon to the Upper Columbia River and, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Group proposes enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington’s San Juan Islands for orcas retired …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks

President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration’s “environmental leadership” despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to …


Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Environment groups sue dairy farms over animal waste

Three environmental groups have sued two dairy farms in Washington state, claiming they have polluted and mishandled animal waste.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

The residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to …


Plague of frogs: Five Mile property owners say stormwater pond is ruining their neighborhood

City documents indicate a local homeowners association is responsible for keeping up the single-acre stormwater feature behind Lori and Bill Moore’s home on Panorama Drive. But enforcement is lagging, and …


Legislature passes clean energy bill

Legislature passes 100% clean energy bill.


State legislators’ HEAL Act targets environment, inequality

In the 2019 legislative session, HEAL translates to a “healthy environment for all.”


Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren launches version of iconic shirt crafted entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Target pushes suppliers to go green, too

Target Corp. has announced a sweeping set of goals to reduce its carbon footprint that for the first time puts pressure on its suppliers to do the same.


Paul Waldman: The GOP’s answer to catastrophic climate change? Trolling the libs

On one of the most profound challenges ever faced by not just America but humanity as a whole – climate change – Republicans are constitutionally incapable of doing anything constructive.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

Plastic grocery bag ban in Washington advances

Customers would pay most of the costs of paper replacements for a plastic bag ban, under a Senate proposal.


Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.


EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.


From 50 to 50,000, ‘Leopard of the Kootenai’ makes spectacular rebound in Kootenai River

In the early 2000s, the world’s only freshwater cod was all but gone from the waters of the Kootenai River in north Idaho and British Columbia. Once counted in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.

2018: The year outdoors

2018: The year outdoors


2018: Top outdoor stories

The most read outdoor stories of 2018 presented chronologically.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

2018: Outdoor transitions

2018: Outdoor transitions


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

2018: Outdoor achievements

Feats of outdoor bravery, skill and persistence were achieved in 2018.


What are your eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions?

A recent U.N. panel’s report estimates we have about 12 years to get global carbon emissions under control. Its call for “rapid and far-reaching” change seems overwhelming. Here are some …