Environment

Seattle Recycling Startup Goes Beyond the Blue Bin

Queen Anne-based Ridwell recycles items such as batteries, light bulbs and textiles for subscribers

Hard to recycle items such as batteries and light bulbs are accepted by Ridwell recycling service

Christopher Robinson

While Seattle’s Covered in Smoke, U.S. Ignores Climate Change on Global Stage

American representatives at Expo 2017 were silent on effects of carbon.

British Columbia wildfires blanketed Elliott Bay with smoke last month.

Knute Berger

Is the Port Ducking its Responsibility for Protecting the Sound?

With the prospect of Arctic drilling rigs parked in the Port of Seattle, the city preps for a fight

Spring arrived early in Seattle this year. Above average temperatures and dry days were the norm in February. The cherry trees at the University of Washington bloomed two weeks ahead of schedule. Tulips in the Skagit Valley popped open well before the start of the annual April tulip festival. But the pleasure many of us…

Lisa Wogan

It’s Not Easy Building Green

A Seattle neighborhood's complaints about a "deep green" building raise key questions about zoning.

She is nine months pregnant on this sunny fall day. But that doesn’t stop Katherine Bragdon from taking a walk (more like a waddle) from her picture-perfect, red-shingled Wallingford bungalow to the nerve center of the neighborhood where Stone Way rolls down to the north shore of Lake Union. “South Wallingford is a special neighborhood,…

Jenny Cunningham

Robert Redford and Activists Speak Out Against Pebble Mine

Film icon Robert Redford joined a chorus of voices when he published his stance against the Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay on the Huffington Post: The Pebble Mine is a disaster waiting to happen. Now, a long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine — along with its estimated…

Seattle Mag

Why Alaska’s Pebble Mine Matters in Seattle

What happens in Bristol Bay doesn’t stay in Bristol Bay: the battle over the Pebble Mine.

Salmon spawn in our rivers, climb our fish ladders, adorn everything from totem poles to T-shirts and grace our plates. They are synonymous with Seattle. And we spend a great deal of time and effort trying to protect their habitat close to home. These days, most of our wild salmon come from Alaska, in particular,…

Seattle Mag

Can Seattle Scientists Save Orcas from Extinction?

Limited numbers of orcas swim the Salish Sea—and new troubles await them.

This February, a young killer whale washed up on the chilly shores of southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Scientists looking at the markings on its dorsal fin and saddle patch (the dark gray splotch behind the dorsal fin) identified the whale as L112, a female just over 12 feet long born in 2009. She belonged…

Seattle Mag

A New Low of Toxicity Levels

A Ballard resident uses simple strategies to rid her bungalow of harmful, hidden chemicals.

You wouldn’t think a Ballard bungalow with pink asbestos siding and lead paint would appeal to a couple with an interest in the environment, but Rachel and Izaak Koller planned to remodel the Ballard home themselves—wearing suitable hazmat gear. Thanks to the previous tenants, the couple had to remove or remake nearly everything in the…

Seattle Mag

Inside Seattle’s Super-Eco Homes

You don't have to go totally gaga for green to reap the rewards of a few simple home-improvement mov

Those who grew up in the 1970s may recall the appearance of a brick in the bathroom toilet tank—a popular do-it-yourself water-saving measure. Fortunately, living green has become a little more sophisticated in recent decades. In Seattle—a city famous for its green-built, LEED-certified offices, restaurants and condos—many residents have taken the green-living ethos into their…

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