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Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

Jim Simon looks over the Ledgewood Beach bluff from the unmowed lawn of a condemned home on Whidbey Island.

by John Ryan, Tony Schick

Washington’s Snohomish County took criticism last spring for allowing homes beneath the Oso landslide hazard. Would the state’s other counties have done it differently? A KUOW-EarthFix investigation finds that local rules leave some communities with much smaller safety margins than others.

Proposed Oregon Nickel Mine Fails To Secure Key Permit

by Jes Burns

Oregon regulators have denied one of the many permits required before a UK-based mining company can move ahead with its planned nickel mine in southern Oregon.

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound Abandoned By Utility

by Courtney Flatt

A long-awaited tidal energy project in Puget Sound has come to halt. The project was set to generate electricity and connect it to the grid. But it got too expensive.

We Are All To Blame For The Oso Slide

by Katie Campbell, Ashley Ahearn

As a geomorphologist, Dan Miller and other scientists knew the Stillaguamish Valley to be a hazardous place, long before the devastating slide occurred.

Why The Northwest Is the New Frontier For Geothermal Energy

by Cassandra Profita

The geothermal industry is holding its annual meeting in Portland this week. Group leaders say they chose the location because the Northwest is a new frontier for geothermal energy development.

Swinomish Tribe Prepares For A Changing Climate

by Ashley Ahearn

The Swinomish people have lived near the mouth of the Skagit River north of Seattle for thousands of years. Now, they're trying to deal with climate change and its threats of rising seas and flooding.

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns

by Cassandra Profita

A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for ships and planes. But some worry the project might add to the air quality problems in southern Oregon.

Going For Launch With The Salmon Cannon

by Aaron Kunz, Courtney Flatt

Salmon may soon have a faster way to make it around dams. There’s a new technology that’s being developed to transport hatchery fish in the Northwest. It’s called the salmon cannon -- yes, you read that right.

Ocean Winds Responsible For Climate Change In The Northwest, Study Says

by Ashley Ahearn

The vast majority of scientific literature suggests that human activity is to blame for climate change. But a controversial new study challenges that science – in the Northwest anyway.

Biologists Try To Figure Out Large Fall Chinook Runs

by Courtney Flatt

This year’s fall chinook migration is expected to be one of the largest in recent years. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why fall chinook have made such a big comeback.

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound’s Polluted Tale

by Ashley Ahearn

Scientists used shellfish to conduct the broadest study of pollution levels along the shore of Puget Sound, ever. And in some places, it's pretty contaminated.

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