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Avalanche warnings are issued in Northwest

The warnings came as heavier-than-usual rainfall and snowfall was expected to hit parts of Washington and Oregon.
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Some stores remove single-use plastic bags in Tri-Cities

The next time you visit your Walmart Supercenter you will notice that all single-use plastic bags are gone.

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Gov. Inslee's cap-and-invest proposal draws criticism from environmentalists

A climate change proposal from the governor that would establish a cap-and-invest system in Washington is drawing questions and critiques - even from environmental advocates.

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Justice

Northwest’s salmon population may be running out of time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.
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Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change.

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A thin green line with global impact

Activists in Cascadia blocked nearly every effort to use the region's ports to expand the global fossil fuel trade between 2004 and 2017.
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Climate

Broken promises: Cascadia region not on track to cut carbon emissions

On climate change, the governments of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia not only over-promised what they would do to stem the tide but actually underperformed all the other states and provinces.

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A lost decade: How climate action fizzled in Cascadia

Despite a decade of policy promises, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia failed to reduce carbon emissions in the Cascadia region.
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Biodiversity

New Washington whale watching rules to take effect in 2021

New regulations for whale watching in Washington waters will take effect in 2021 in an effort to protect endangered orcas, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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Justice

A bold fix for Native American homelessness

In many cities, Indigenous people experience homelessness at far higher rates than whites. A new housing project aimed at better serving this community will try a holistic approach. 
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How scientists tracked down a mass killer (of salmon)

Something was decimating the salmon that had been restored to creeks around Puget Sound.
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U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of the Electron dam for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the Puyallup River.

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How the Swinomish tribe has pioneered the fight against climate change

After a brutal storm in 2006, the Swinomish tribe off the coast of Washington state launched a strategy to deal with the effects of a warming planet. Now, 50 other native tribes have followed suit.

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With nearly 1 million homes at risk, Washington is losing the wildfire fight

Many forests are growing more combustible by the year because of climate change and a century of misguided fire suppression, as well as too little prescribed fire and thinning of forests.

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Colorado wildfire grows into largest in state history

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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