Ashley Ahearn is the host of terrestrial, a national podcast on the environment, produced out of KUOW in Seattle.
Ashley brings more than a decade of experience covering the environment at the local and national level. Her stories have appeared on Marketplace, Morning Edition, Here and Now, The World and other NPR and PRI shows. She holds a masters in science journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.
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The future of a large coal export terminal on Washington State's coast may be decided by the councilors recently elected in Whatcom County. Many saw the race as a referendum on the fossil fuel industry --a race that was decided in favor of coal terminal opponents.
With national policy on climate and energy in political gridlock, the opponents are fighting in local and state trenches. That's why money is pouring into a small county north of Seattle, where there's a debate over a shipping terminal that would send coal to Asia.
It only takes a slight temperature uptick to make our waters hospitable to algae. That's leading to an increasingly dangerous situation in the Northwest, where harmful algal blooms are a growing health risk for people who eat the region's shellfish.
Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones.
The removal of dams along the Elwha river in Washington State has freed up salmon runs, but also clogged up water treatment plants with sediment. Still, that sediment is creating a great habitat for many fish.
In order to market coal to Asia, the western US coal industry wants to build export facilities in Oregon and Washington. The planned ports have divided local communities. EarthFix, a public radio collaborative based out of Washington State, has been following the debate with their project, Voices of Coal.
With coal use falling fast in the US but still growing in Asia, western coal producers are pitching a plan to build five big new coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but opponents warn of big new environmental risks.
Dark-skinned African Americans are twice as likely to be vitamin-D deficient as white Americans, and that may have major health repercussions.
A new robotic vehicle hits the waves to gather data that could unlock some important secrets of the ocean.
Seattle elementary school kids are raising salmon to learn about the salmon's lifecycle, as well as water quality and habitat issues.