Environment

A Republican And A Democrat Walk Into A Bar…

February 10, 2015
Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) talks with Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) after a committee meeting at the Washington State senate. (Ashley Ahearn/KUOW)

KUOW reporter Ashley Ahearn invited two state senators from Washington state to sit down over a beer and discuss climate change.

Snow Continues To Pile Up In Boston

February 9, 2015
Margette Leanna shovels out in the early morning in Newburyport. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston is being inundated with its third major snowstorm in just over two weeks.

Jobs Report Beats Expectations, But Oil Work Falters

February 6, 2015
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. The well produces about 55-70 barrels of oil per day. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After years of hiring as fast as possible, energy companies have started laying off workers.

Farming Feeds The Carbon Cycle

February 5, 2015

Scientists say farming accounts for a 25 percent increase in carbon activity, much of it from the the United State’s biggest crop – corn.

California Snowpack Not Showing Any Promise For Ending Drought

February 2, 2015
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, walks past some weeds emerging from the snow pack as he conducts the second snow survey of the season at Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The survey showed the snow pack to to be 7.1 inches deep with a water content of 2.3 inches, which is 12 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. In a normal year this location is usually covered in several feet of snow. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Frank Gehrke of the California Department of Water Resources discusses what he is finding in the snowpack region.

Why Not Just Melt The Snow?

February 2, 2015
A man digs out his car along a snow-covered street on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As a winter storm dumps even more snow on the Midwest and Northeast, we take a look at how snow-melting machines work.

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog ‘Unlivable’

January 30, 2015
A heavy smog hits the city on November 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

A U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years describes what it’s like to run in the smoggy city.

Arctic Drilling Restrictions Strike A Nerve In Alaska

January 30, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

Alaska Governor Bill Walker argues the president’s proposed drilling ban would harm the state’s economy.

Red Fox Sighting In Yosemite Is First In Nearly 100 Years

January 29, 2015
This red fox, photographed in 2002, was part of a study in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Note the white round plastic tag in the animal’s right ear. (Keith Slausen/USFS/PSW)

A Sierra Nevada red fox was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, by a motion-sensitive camera.

Report Says Biomass Is Not An Ingredient In A Sustainable Food Future

January 29, 2015
A taxi driver pumps biodiesel into his cab at Dogpatch Biofuels on March 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The researchers are slamming the widespread use and government promotion of biofuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gases.

Brisket Shortage Has BBQ Lovers Gnashing Their Teeth

January 28, 2015
Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn holds up some brisket. (HarperCollins)

Drought conditions are forcing ranchers to thin their herds, and that means a shortage of the cut of beef that’s emblematic of Texas barbecue.

Proposal Could Open Parts Of Atlantic, Close Parts Of Arctic To Drilling

January 27, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

We take a look at the proposal, which is a win and a loss each for environmentalists and the oil industry.

Russian Conservationist Optimistic About Tiger Repopulation

January 27, 2015
Zolushka, once orphaned, is now healthy and recolonizing a tigerless forest. She may prove to be the perfect model for saving Amur tigers. (Camera trap image of Zolushka courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)

A young female tiger has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, after she was found starving and frostbitten in 2012.

Storm Prompts Evacuations In Coastal Mass. Town

January 27, 2015
Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Waves crashed through the front door of one home in Scituate, and four feet of sea water flooded the streets.

Blizzard Howls Its Way Into Boston But Largely Spares NYC

January 27, 2015
A pedestrian walks through blowing and drifting snow before dawn during a winter snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds as a storm spun up the East Coast.

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