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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Lecturer calls for action

A former California congressman who co-chaired the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 said Tuesday that today’s young people need to stand up more for what they believe in. “In …


Co-chair of first Earth Day calls on youth to act

A former California congressman who co-chaired the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 said Tuesday that today’s young people need to stand up more for what they believe in.


Toxic algae in Long Lake

The discovery of toxic algae blooms in Long Lake has prompted authorities to warn residents to stay out of the water and keep their pets and livestock away, too. A …


Senate bill tougher on emissions

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats are pushing for a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gases by 2020 – deeper than what the House has passed and what President Barack Obama wants …


Cleanup of Palouse River murky

PULLMAN – Wilda Patton knew there was something wrong with the water in the Palouse River. “I didn’t know what it was in it that made it poor quality,” said …


Palouse River cleanup plans questioned

PULLMAN – Wilda Patton knew there was something wrong with the water in the Palouse River. “I didn’t know what it was in it that made it poor quality,” said …


Alaskan activist recounts battle to protect land, native ways

Dune Lankard was a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil in March 1989. A native Athabaskan Eyak of the Eagle …


Group grades cruise pollution

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An environmental group released its report card Wednesday on how well cruise ship companies operating in American waters are doing to reduce pollution, and not one received …


Greenhouse gas limits targeted

WASHINGTON – Two industry groups have filed suit in federal court in an attempt to keep the federal government and the state of California from moving ahead with new greenhouse …


Path to prosperity

A successful Montana fly-fishing shop owner is proving that building environmental stewardship for fish and rivers into his business model is more than just the right thing to do. For …


Phosphate detergent ban seems to be working

The storyline of the near-ban on phosphorus in dish detergent in Spokane County has focused on scofflaws sneaking Cascade across the state line in a dogged attempt to keep their …


Diesel spills in Lake Pend Oreille

HOPE, Idaho — A 32-foot tugboat dropped from a crane spilled about 80 gallons of diesel fuel into Lake Pend Oreille.


Pot grower ordered to pay for environmental damage

A Mexican national arrested last August when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests was sentenced to 75 months …


Waste plan draws concern

POST FALLS – The mayor of Post Falls says concerns about the environment and public health should prevent 20 acres near the Coeur d’Alene River from becoming a dumping ground …


Chemicals that eased ozone woes add to another threat

This is not the funny kind of irony: Scientists say the chemicals that helped solve the last global environmental crisis – the hole in the ozone layer – are making …


Exhibit explores link between water, human rights

An exhibit opening tonight at the Human Rights Education Institute in downtown Coeur d’Alene will ask visitors to consider what happens to human rights in a world of increasingly limited …


Global warming bill to get vote

WASHINGTON – Key Democrats reached a deal Tuesday that its supporters hope will lead to House passage of the biggest environmental bill in decades, one aimed at slowing the gradual, …


Cleanup begins at City Parcel site

Workers this week began cleaning up contamination at the former City Parcel site in North Spokane, part of a major remediation project expected to cost roughly $750,000. A contractor first …


Schools get green for programs

Several local schools are set to receive cash for their environmental program efforts courtesy of the Terry Husseman School Awards Program run by the Washington Department of Ecology. The awards …


Getting greener

When 50,000 runners and walkers reach for water during Bloomsday, they leave quite a few paper cups behind. In previous years, cleanup crews have swiftly removed the trampled cups as …


Lower Snake River on group’s endangered list

Four dams that are blamed for damaging salmon runs on the lower Snake River in Washington place the waterway third among the nation’s most endangered rivers, according to an annual …


Mine cleanup may get boost

WASHINGTON – When the Beal Mountain mine opened in 1988 near Butte, its owner promoted open-pit cyanide leaching for extracting gold from ore as modern and environmentally friendly. Pegasus Gold …


Green-roof technology

Five generations of the Snodgrass family have prospered at Emory Knoll Farms in Harford County, Maryland. Its 365 acres have evolved from a 19th-century dairy operation to a crop farm …


Some cleaning supplies effective and friendly to environment

Something green and drippy is growing on store shelves. It’s the assortment of “green” cleaning products many people are spraying, scrubbing and wiping all over their homes in an attempt …


Toxins found throughout Columbia Basin

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Thursday that toxins remain at levels harmful to people, fish and wildlife throughout the Northwest, despite decades-long cleanups. …


Study: Sound orcas eating more toxic salmon

SEATTLE – Puget Sound killer whales appear to be more contaminated than northern orcas because they’re eating salmon that is more toxic, a new study suggests. Researchers measuring the presence …


Jane Danowitz: Reserve gift of public lands for all

The treasures of our public lands should be a gift for all, not the private bank account to be used by a few. Whether it comes to mining around the …


Risks posed by ash spill understated, group warns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities need to more strongly warn residents that muck left from a major coal-ash spill in eastern Tennessee could pose health risks, a southern environmental group said …


Tar sands mining endangers migratory birds, report says

CHICAGO – About half of America’s migratory birds fly from destinations as far-flung as Chile to nest in Canada’s boreal forest. In Alberta, that forest lies above tar sands that …


Sharing a greener option to plastic

Sometimes a regular class assignment takes on a life all of its own. That’s what happened at M.E.A.D. Alternative High School a couple of weeks ago, when students were asked …