A new oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia would cross native land and send more than six times as many tankers through crowded waterways between Vancouver and Seattle. That has people on both sides of the border vowing to fight.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, toxic air pollutants produced by combustion, are linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. Recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.
You can't make beer without hops, but climate change is threatening the future of the crop in a place that grows a quarter of all the world's supply — Washington state. That's got growers and brewers there and around the world scrambling to make changes to improve the resilience and sustainability of their industry.
Undersea noise levels are increasing in the Pacific Northwest, as thousands of freighters, ferries and other vessels motor up and down the coast. Some new research details how all that noise might make life harder for endangered marine mammals.
Wildlife trafficking is a global problem and the US is not immune. In the Pacific Northwest, a small law enforcement and judicial team polices Washington and Oregon for wildlife infractions, but limited resources, budget woes and loose laws allow poachers to evade penalties.
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.
Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, many consumers in the US remain concerned about radiation in fish from the Pacific Ocean. One Seattle fisherman finally got his fish tested, and found what many scientists have also found: there's nothing to worry about.
Some activists who took part in environmental protests against the Keystone XL pipeline and other projects have attracted the attention of the FBI. They and their lawyers say the government is simply following a decades-old playbook of intimidation.
The waters of the Pacific Northwest are busy and noisy, which is bad news for orcas. The endangered whales are having to "yell" to make their calls heard over all the marine traffic, which means more energy used, more food needed and even more stress on the orca population.
President Obama has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, but activists and politicians in Seattle are throwing up as many stop signs as they can as the drilling rig preps there for its journey north. It's the latest flashpoint in the growing international anti-fossil fuel movement.
Glaciers are key contributors to drinking water supplies, hydropower generation and salmon survival in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists aren’t sure exactly when the glaciers will disappear. It could be within a few decades. It has been 4,000 years since the glaciers have receded this much.
Most caviar comes from the Caspian Sea, but the decline of sturgeon there is driving fishermen and poachers to fish populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River. Wildlife managers have resorted to patrolling along the shorelines, looking for signs of illegally caught sturgeon. They've even gone undercover to meet with poachers.