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Which Northwest communities are most threatened by coal, oil, and gas projects? | The Pacific Northwest has been overloaded by fossil fuel development proposals including at least six coal export terminals, more than a dozen oil-by-rail facilities, and numerous fracked gas and petrochemical projects. Together, these project add as much as 100 million tons of coal per year, a million barrels of oil per day, and staggering volumes of methane gas. Sightline policy director Eric de Place recently joined KEXP’s Diane Horn on Mind...
07/25/2017 - 09:30

(Beyond Pesticides, July 25, 2017) With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in dozens of states, the question of pesticide use in commercial cannabis production and resulting residues in a range of products is a burning issue. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) injected itself into this question when last week it issued a notice of intent to disapprove the planned registration of four pesticides for cannabis production by the state of California. Given cannabis’ narcotic status by the federal government, EPA does not register pesticides for use in...
07/25/2017 - 01:22
Beyond Pesticides

A groundbreaking social scientist, Mike Mascia represents an evolution for a discipline that has long focused on the natural sciences.
07/24/2017 - 18:20
Jamey Anderson

Shark Week Brings a Much-Needed Spotlight to Threats Facing Sharks and Our Ocean Habitats Great white shark by Elias Levy It’s late July, and that can only mean one thing: it’s Shark Week! This year’s Shark Week kicked off with what was hailed as an epic battle of man versus beast when Michael Phelps took on a great white shark in a swimming contest. Well, the shark turned out to be just a computer simulated representation that took the Olympian to task—so much for the “drama.” As fascinating as a Phelps/Jaws-style mashup promised to be—and truly it does pique one’s interest—it’s not the best...
07/24/2017 - 16:51
Mary Price

A pioneering program to reduce power plant emissions in the Northeast is poised to enter a new phase. Here’s why the nine states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative need to make as bold a step forward as possible—and how they can make it happen. The RGGI states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—were right to lead the nation in addressing carbon pollution from power plants when they launched the program in 2009. And they were right to strengthen RGGI when they conducted the first...
07/24/2017 - 12:13
John Rogers

House budget aims for oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge Jul 24, 2017 The U.S. House of Representatives has released a proposed 2018 budget that, if passed, would essentially authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Read more
07/24/2017 - 10:31
Max Greenberg

Dr. Herb Needleman, a Pittsburgh pediatrician whose pioneering research into the toxic effects of lead on children led to the removal of lead from gasoline and other products, died last week at the age of 89. He was a tireless advocate for children’s health in the face of persistent attacks on his work and integrity from the lead industry. A decade ago, he showed up in my life in a pretty unexpected way. In 2006, UCS  brought scientists from to Washington, DC to talk to legislators about the manipulation and suppression of science, and the consequences that has for public health and the...
07/24/2017 - 10:24
Michael Halpern

This guest blog by former Mayor Doug Oitzinger is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series on the Menominee River in Wisconsin and Michigan. Forty-three years ago, I moved to the Marinette-Menominee area to take a job with Marinette Marine, a shipbuilder located on the Menominee River in the City of Marinette, Wisconsin. All this time I have lived either on the river or close to the bay of Green Bay into which the river empties. I can see the bay from my living room window right now. For 22 years, I worked at the shipyard on that river every day. I’ve also owned several small...
07/24/2017 - 10:00
Jessie Thomas-Blate

And no amount of hand-waving about “land values” changes that. | Few public policy issues can match urban housing politics for its incendiary combination of passion and misconception. To wit: the confounding idea that relaxing regulations and fees to decrease the cost of homebuilding won’t make homes more affordable. Why? Because, goes the refrain, developers charge as much as the “market will bear” anyway. Any savings from streamlined regulations or reduced fees just yield more profit for the developer, not lower...
07/24/2017 - 09:30

My colleagues at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have released a report on how science—and public health—have been sidelined during the first six months of the Trump administration. The report documents a deliberate and familiar set of strategies that undermines the role of science, facts, and evidence in public policy and decision-making. From a public health perspective, the short- and long-term impacts are truly frightening. The Trump administration—aided and abetted by a willing Congress—is actively pushing an ideological, anti-science agenda that will profoundly affect the health...
07/24/2017 - 09:24
Kathleen Rest

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