Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
December 10, 2013
Gov. Inslee’s effort to move the state to reduce carbon emissions is running into trouble.
Crosscut | Climate
Seattle’s tunnel-boring machine became stuck underground Friday, and still wasn’t moving as of Monday. The giant tunneling machine, nicknamed “Bertha,” is boring a 1.7-mile traffic tunnel under Seattle and has so far gone just over 1,000 feet, or about one-tenth of its journey.
Puget Sound Business Journal | Transportation
Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer stands up for the best, least popular idea in politics.
Slate | Transportation
How much you make is tied to race and gender. According to findings posted last week in The Atlantic, labor statistics show that the US workforce is stratified by race and gender. This is no newsflash to women and people of color, but the statistics in the chart below should be at the center of Seattle’s living wage debate.
Sound Progress | Race
Organically raised cows eat more grass and produce milk that is richer in “good” fatty acids than milk from cows fed corn and other grain-based feed, says a Washington State University analysis. It’s arguably the most significant nutritional benefit demonstrated so far for organic food.
The Seattle Times | Food
A new activist group wants to get in on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline debate and has started with a warning that oil spills and pipeline ruptures can devalue property, according to a report issued by the organization that calls itself Conversations for Responsible Economic Development.
Vancouver Sun | Fossil fuels
A new government report shows that many of Oregon’s beaches are eroding faster than in recent decades, through a combination of less sand coming out of rivers, rising sea levels and bigger waves.
The Oregonian | Climate
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday that he will seek a record fourth term in 2014, with plans to change Oregon’s tax system and create more middle-income jobs.
Salem Statesman Journal | Politics
That holiday wreath on your front door could contain stolen goods. The tips of fir trees used to make wreaths are collected by “tippers” and attract high prices — as well as poachers, who cut limbs and even whole trees on private land.
KPLU | Forests
How the Dutch hold back the tide (of junk mail).
Sightline | Green Living
More News from December 10, 2013
Differing views about the virtues of density surround a City Council committee bill that would raise height limits around the Mount Baker light rail station.
Crosscut | Land Use
In a landmark case, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from downwind Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states who want Southern and Midwestern power plants to cut coal-plant emissions.
Christian Science Monitor | Pollution
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions. He wanted a workgroup to adopt five recommendations to the legislature – including that the state enact a market-based cap on carbon pollution. But when it came time for the Republicans on the panel to weigh-in, they made it clear all of the governor’s proposals were non-starters.
EarthFix | Climate
Two important events hit the headlines last week concerning the future of fossil fuel projects in British Columbia. Here’s the lowdown on why they matter.
Vancouver Observer | Fossil fuels
The 40-year fight over the huge, controversial Site C hydroelectric project planned for British Columbia’s Peace River continues with public hearings that began Monday. Supporters say the province needs extra power and the dam would generate enough to supply 450,000 homes, but there are many who have fought the project for decades, arguing the environmental cost is too high and the losses for the Peace Region will be huge.
CBC British Columbia | Energy
Transportation Choices Coalition, pessimistic about the prospects for a balanced transportation package, outlines its predictions and legislative agenda for 2014.
Publicola | Transportation
Barely an hour after announcing his intent to run for a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber was getting lavish praise from the state’s top business leaders and his grinning image was on huge display in front of a big, appreciative and well-heeled audience.
The Oregonian | Politics
Organic dairy products may have a major nutritional advantage over conventional milk, Washington researchers have found in a study that could affect the ongoing debate about the health benefits of organics. The difference could benefit two important groups: developing babies and children, and people concerned about heart disease.
KPLU | Food
Voters in the city of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage, a recount of the ballots confirmed Monday. Businesses such as Alaska Airlines, rental car companies and airport baggage handling businesses called for a hand recount in the hotly-contested race but did not change the outcome.
KPLU | Economy
Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, Washington State University scientists are reporting. The finding is the most clear-cut instance of an organic food’s offering a nutritional advantage over its conventional counterpart.
New York Times | Food
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require Midwestern states to cut the smog and soot that travels from their power plants downwind to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Washington Post | Pollution
The Snohomish County Council approved buying nearly 12 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor on Monday, preserving freight service and also opening the possibility of linking to trail systems in King County.
The Seattle Times | Land Use
Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to reform Oregon’s tax system but coming up with something that voters will stomach will take a lot of work — and $8 million or more in campaign dollars. That’s the takeaway from a conversation on tax reform at a gathering of business, labor and political leaders in Portland Monday.
The Oregonian | Economy