Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
April 18, 2014
Stringent regulations withstand a challenge by Puget Sound cities and counties.
Sightline | Stormwater runoff
A sharp increase in crude shipments along a rail route through Portland, Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier drove the surge.
The Oregonian | Oil trains
At least nine Oregon counties have put a stop to holding undocumented immigrants in jail for the sole purpose of deportation, a shift that legal experts say will inevitably spread across the state and, possibly, the nation.
The Oregonian | Immigration
Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a new public poll.
The Seattle Times | Politics
Supporters of Seattle ride-service companies Lyft, Sidecar and Uber submitted signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot to block new regulations that would have limited the number of cars they operate in the city.
The Seattle Times | Transportation
Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, there is still a debate about what employers are required to do for expectant mothers. For some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.
KPLU | Equality
Solar panels and battery energy storage are getting cheaper and easier. Soon, off-the-grid living could go mainstream.
Fast Company | Energy
Groups that want a full environmental review of an expansion at a Texada Island coal-handling facility are outraged the BC government quietly approved an amended permit without telling local residents or First Nations.
Vancouver Sun | Fossil fuels
Less than a week before the newest homelessness count for Metro Vancouver comes out, the city says it is bracing for a dramatic increase in people on the street.
Vancouver Sun | Homelessness
Inequalities, oligarchies, requiems, and more.
More News from April 18, 2014
Canadian chicken farmers are putting an end to controversial egg injections, which provided the world with a “textbook” example of the perils of mass medication .
| Food and health
With a little more than a month left until the vote, supporters of the measure to ban GMOs from being grown in southern Oregon’s Jackson County have raised $180,254, while opponents have amassed $856,964.
Salem Statesman Journal | GMO
For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas prices have edged upward, and the frigid winter created unprecedented energy demands. Coal burning increased in the United States nearly 4 percent last year, and this year should see an even bigger spike.
The Tacoma News Tribune | Fossil fuels
Water from the Mt. Tabor Reservoir system tested clean of urine-related toxins Thursday, news that came as no surprise to Water Bureau administrators yet also did not change their decision to dump 38 million gallons after a man peed in the Southeast Portland storage pool a day earlier.
The Oregonian | Water
The BC government has a poor handle on the population of grey wolves and whether they are being killed at a sustainable rate, according to a wolf-management plan released by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
Vancouver Sun | Wildlife