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At the Duwamish longhouse, a law is signed requiring environmental justice from state agencies

This story is contributed by The South Seattle Emerald, a partner in InvestigateWest’s yearlong climate reporting initiative. When the time arrived for Gov. Jay Inslee to sign a far-reaching piece of environmental justice into law, the ceremony took place by the mouth of Seattle’s only river, the Duwamish, at the cultural center of the people who have called themselves by the same name for generations.
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Seed the North: Fighting Climate Change, One Sprout at a Time

Can an innovative approach to reforestation take root in British Columbia?. This report is contributed by The Tyee in British Columbia, a partner in InvestigateWest’s yearlong reporting initiative Getting to Zero. The Tyee’s work is. supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. For Natasha Kuperman, the seed was...
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Using hydrogen to back up the grid

In the spring when snow melts and Cascadia’s rivers surge, hydropower producers are often forced to run their generators at full tilt. “We’re in high production mode,” said Gary Ivory, general manager for Washington state’s Douglas County Public Utility District, which operates a hydropower dam on the Columbia River. At times they generate so much power that they must literally pay power brokers to take it.
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Cleaning Up What Can’t Plug In

Cascadia needs cleaner fuels to start decarbonizing heavy vehicles and industry. That means pushing biofuels to the max, and more. These days Frank Lemos manages a shipping operation, but the former truck driver still gets behind the wheel occasionally to train new drivers or to fill a staffing hole. When he does, he notices a big difference. The firm recently moved away from conventional diesel fuel, and without it there’s something missing: the permeating petroleum smell that drivers wear after a day inside a big rig.
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Neal Pattison named InvestigateWest Interim Executive Editor

Neal Pattison has been named interim executive editor of InvestigateWest. Already an editor with InvestigateWest, Pattison will assume the editorial leadership role while the organization undertakes a national search for its next permanent executive editor. “Neal is a unique Pacific Northwest talent, and more than equipped with years of experience...
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Washington lawmakers look to keep families together as part of foster care reform

Poverty, disability, homelessness wouldn’t qualify as sole reason to take kids away. With tears in her eyes, Karen Osborne recalled the day in 2014 when police showed up to take away her 6-week-old daughter. Osborne hadn’t been accused of abuse nor neglect. Instead, social workers were concerned about Osborne’s “mental capacity.” They had already removed seven of Osborne’s previous children and made plans to remove her new baby before she was even born.
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Washington’s environmental laws don’t protect communities of color. Will the Legislature fix that?

With strong mandates stripped out, landmark environmental justice legislation approaches passage. After decades of inaction and false starts, Washington lawmakers are on the verge of taking a first, tentative step toward addressing environmental racism in the state. Now, they have to hope state regulators will follow along. The legislation, known...
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Allowing doctors to act when pregnancies go wrong

Legislation would ensure doctors at Catholic hospitals could offer medically necessary abortions when emergencies arise. After years of trying, Washington legislators appear poised to free up doctors at Catholic hospitals to provide medically necessary abortions when pregnancies go wrong. The legislation would allow patients to sue a hospital if they...
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Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Competing efforts to enact landmark climate-change legislation have fractured the state’s environmental coalition and Olympia’s all-powerful Democratic caucus, with some activists arguing that the proposal pushed by Gov. Jay Inslee shortchanges minority and low-income communities. Questions of equity and trust have prompted a prominent environmental-justice coalition to oppose a cap-and-trade...
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Fighting British Columbia’s pipelines to the last mile

Indigenous activists spearhead last-ditch effort to short-circuit decades-long greenhouse gas boost. Mike McKenzie felt that he had to leave his home. He says he was no longer welcome in Skeetchestn, a community in central British Columbia west of Kamloops that’s one of 17 reserves in Secwepemc Nation. Three years later, he’s still not home.
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Oil tanker traffic could endanger Indigenous way of life

While most protests against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are happening on the land, the federal government has recognized that some of the project’s greatest risks concern potentially catastrophic spills on the water. That’s because the expansion is expected to spur at least a sevenfold increase in the number of...