Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines

October 31, 2014

Oran Viriyincy, flickr

Oran Viriyincy, flickr

1. Sound Transit floats $15B plan

Big projects and big taxes are on the menu as Sound Transit prepares for the 2015 Legislature and a likely 2016 regional ballot measure.

The Seattle Times | Transit

2. Ocean Shores says no to oil trains

Ocean Shores is the latest of several cities in Grays Harbor County to take a stand against crude oil being shipped by rail and then sea through the Port of Grays Harbor.

North Coast News | Oil trains

3. Fight climate change with wider roads?

Clackamas County’s commissioners are considering whether to urge the Portland region to attempt to fight climate change by adding more lanes to its freeways.

Bike Portland | Climate Change

4. Hundreds turn out for oil-train study

State officials are proposing more funding and more regulatory authority to step up oversight of the surging numbers of oil trains carrying crude through Washington, and to better prepare for any possible spills. The proposals are included in the preliminary findings of a state Department of Ecology study, which was reviewed at a Thursday evening meeting that drew more than 750 people.

The Seattle Times | Oil trains

5. Liberals, conservatives wired differently: study

Think your political beliefs arise from logic and reason? Think again. Some scientists found that they could tell who leaned left and who leaned right based on how their brains responded to disgusting pictures.

Los Angeles Times | Politics

6. BC oil, gas incentives hit $1.25B

British Columbia’s auditor general says doing business with the oil-and-gas industry has cost the province’s coffers about $1.25 billion in royalties even before most of the product has been pulled from the ground.

Vancouver Sun | Fossil Fuel

7. Video: Jon Stewart takes down Koch

The Daily Show’s redubbed Koch Industries ad is better than any Russell Stover box, any pile of seasonal roses, any gold-embossed anniversary card from Kroger’s.

Grist | Politics

8. Ditch the cape for that Halloween bike ride

Halloween is upon us, and if you’re planning to participate in any cycling events, choosing a costume to ride in is of critical autumnal importance. These tips will help you choose a costume that maximizes both safety and holiday fun. | Bicycling

9. Tons of BP oil on bottom of Gulf of Mexico

A new study shows that cleanup efforts barely scratched the surface.

Climate Desk | Water pollution

10. Solar power keeps up with the Joneses

Whether your neighbor has a solar installation is more likely to influence your decision than politics or income level.

Fast Company | Clean Energy

More News from October 31, 2014

Suit: Nuclear plant hurting fish

Three environmental groups say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is harming fish. The groups are suing a Washington state agency because they say it issued a permit that violates the Clean Water Act.

Northwest Public Radio | Nuclear power

Expert: Ski resort threatens grizzlies

Grizzly bears in the Central Purcell Mountains are more vulnerable than shown in 15-year-old research being used by proponents of Jumbo Glacier Resort and, if the resort is built, it could threaten grizzly populations through southern BC and into the U.S., says one of Canada’s leading grizzly bear experts. | Wildlife

Seattle gets info for those on the go

The Seattle Department of Transportation unveiled the first of several big screens that aggregate, in one display, the arrival times for bus, light rail, foot ferries, plus the real-time availability of nearby Pronto bikes and Car2Go.

The Seattle Times | Transportation

Kinder Morgan takes protesters to court

Trans Mountain is seeking an immediate court order to stop citizens from impeding survey work for a new pipeline route through a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.

Vancouver Sun | Oil pipeline