WASHINGTON - With snowfall diminishing at “statistically significant”? rates, spring runoff coming earlier and a dead zone the size of Rhode Island in the ocean off the Oregon coast, senators were told Wednesday that global climate change is already being felt in the West.
Dam operators, water district managers, farmers, conservationists and scientists all predicted mounting problems as scarce water supplies dwindle further in an area stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the desert Southwest.
“The warming in the West can now confidently be attributed to rising Read more
Led by celebri-chef Alice Waters, some 200 chefs in 33 states are
calling on Congress to protect river habitats and deprioritize
hydroelectric dams that cramp Northwest salmon's style. "Wild salmon is
one of the unique, authentic heritage foods of the Pacific Northwest,"
reads a letter that the cooking coalition presented to legislators
yesterday. "It represents perhaps our country's last great wild meal."
The "Vote With Your Fork" campaign hopes to focus attention -- both
public and congressional -- on the controversial dams that have gummed
up the Northwest's Klamath and Snake rivers, and Read more
MONROE -- He started with a backpack full of seeds and a quarter-acre of land.
Two decades later, Jeff Miller runs a 50-acre farm just north of the King County line near the Snohomish River, and his mixed salad is served in some of Seattle's finest restaurants -- with his name on the menu.
"Failure was not an option for me," Miller said. "But, really, I got lucky."
Miller came to Seattle from San Francisco, where he had worked as a chef. Ditching the kitchen for a tractor, he marketed his fresh herbs and greens directly to restaurants and set up a stand Read more
We had high expectations for Seattle, WA. It's been a progressive city when it comes to climate change for a long time and has lead some great initiatives in the past. But we had no idea Seattle would Step It Up in such a major way - - thousands marched through the city last weekend, making it one of our largest events!
We think the major rally in Seattle might have a little to do with our friends and tremendous allies over at Grist.org. They've helped all of us from the very start, keeping us up to date on the latest climate news and spreading Read more
These amazing student activists over in Oregon stepped it up to new heights up on the slopes of Mt. Hood. They are part of the Campus Climate Challenge and the growing youth climate movement -- read dispatches from the youth climate movement on the Its Getting Hot In Here blog. Check out their exciting expedition video [...]Read more
Stung by the Legislature's groundbreaking ban of a controversial fire retardant, the chemical industry isn't giving up.
Even with Gov. Chris Gregoire's approval all but assured -- she's scheduled to sign the legislation today -- it still didn't extinguish the chemical manufacturers' fight. They've run full-page ads in the state's largest newspapers. They wrote a letter to Gregoire urging a veto. Since 2005, they've spent more than $220,000 here lobbying against a ban.
Why the big spending? Because there is potentially more at stake than prohibitions on flame retardants Read more
Today's action spotlight highlights Shanda Holm, organizer of an action in Leavenworth, Washington.
Welcome to Bavaria, or rather the Cascade Mountain version of Bavaria. We are proud to be stepping it up from the red side of Washington State, and are creatively asking Doc Hastings, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to Step It Up too. On April 14th we wanted to offer something for everyone in a community that is still working on embracing climate change as a human issue. So our event will start with a walk through downtown and end with a community gathering at a local city park. Read more
Rep. Jay Inslee's two central passions, clean energy and global
warming, received scant attention during his last eight years in
Congress. Now, after a power shift on Capitol Hill, he's at the center
of high-profile efforts to attack climate change and promote a new
energy economy -- not to mention get his colleagues up to speed on the
The Democrat from Washington state's first district, which encompasses
suburbs north and west of Seattle, holds spots on two House committees
that will play key roles in debates over how to tackle the climate
crisis: the Energy and Commerce Read more
Washington state will be the first in the nation to phase out nasty
fireproofing chemicals called PBDEs, which show up in the bodies of
people and wildlife and may cause neurological damage. Yesterday, the
state Senate passed a measure that will eventually ban home items
containing deca, the most commonly used PBDE; the House had already
approved the bill, and now the governor is expected to sign it into
law. Mattresses containing deca will be the first to go, starting in
2008; provided a safer fireproofing alternative is found, TVs,
computers, and upholstery will have to be deca-free Read more
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is pleased to announce the 5th Organic Seed Growers Conference, to be held February 14-15, 2008 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon. The Organic Seed Growers Conference, co-hosted by OSA, Oregon State University (OSU) and Washington State University (WSU), is the largest meeting of seed professionals engaged in organic seed production, research, and plant breeding in the United States. Please see our website www.seedalliance.org for our full conference announcement.