Environment

The author with a baby elephant on a recent trip to India. (Photo courtesy Sudha Nandagopal)

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As a kid growing up in Spokane, I was the one in my family who claimed the mantle of environmentalist. I was the animal enthusiast,...

A container ship leaves the Port of Seattle while the Bainbridge Island ferry enters. (Photo via Wikipedia)

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The new director of the Washington State China Relations Council says our state's relationship with China is about more than just money.

Cocoa beans in a cocoa pod. These are harvested to eventually make chocolate. (Photo via Agricultural Research Service)

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Going vegan in the 1980s was a much different experience than it is today — especially if you were in Texas.

Daniel Winkler in the field with some prize mushrooms. (Photo courtesy Daniel Winkler)

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Local mushroom hunter Daniel Winkler puts the fun in fungi.

People gather at Peace Arch Park on the Canadian border in December 2012 to oppose the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Caelie Frampton)

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Citizens and social justice orgs rallied at Westlake on Friday to protest the largest free trade agreement since NAFTA.

Zaraal, a snow leopard in the South Gobi desert of Mongolia. (Photo by Orjan Johansson)

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Four decades on, a new generation of Seattleites continues efforts to protect Central Asia's snow leopards. Seattle’s love affair with the snow leopard started back...

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After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix.  I confess that...

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With 10,000 people feared dead, the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines is a sure sign it’s time for real action on climate change. The...

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Captivated by what she saw in an online video, a Lakeside School student travels to Suriname to learn more about protecting sloths and writes...

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In a conflict familiar to Washingtonians, Bosnian conservationists and loggers are at odds. But many of the country's forests are shielded by a secret...

A newly installed water system in Ilamu Muja, Ethiopia. Many small towns and villages in Ethiopia lack access to basic water and sanitation of any kind. Photo by Alex Stonehill.

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Concerned about global water issues? Turn your attention right here to Washington state. During the spring 2012 term, students at Western Washington University voted to...

A wheat farm in eastern China, where the government is making a big investment in genetically modified crops. (Photo by Imaginechina via AP Images)

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This fall we get to vote on an initiative that requires labeling of genetically modified foods. But it may not be an obvious choice. Rides...

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Seattle has a farmers market scene that would make any green citizen proud. So why are there only white people there? Farmers market season in...

Rob Anderson (right) senior project manager with Seattle-based EarthCorps, cuts a section of a blackberry plant for a group of international volunteers learning about invasive plants as part of a six-month program here on conservation and sustainability. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

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Twelve volunteers from around the world are in the Northwest building environmental restoration skills they'll use to protect ecosystems back home. “What do you call...

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New satellite images are a jarring reminder of the massive transformations humans have made to the planet.  Google partnered with TIME, NASA and the U.S....

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Until last month, one of the last historic farming neighborhoods of Lima, Peru stood here. This photo story shows us the complicated results of...

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A former slum-resident from Kenya thinks his hometown can teach Seattle a thing or two about consumption and green-living.  After living in Seattle for three...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1ssi8nJ2U4] In Canada, the birthplace of the "Idle No More" movement, six members of the Cree tribe are nearing the end of a 1000...

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Slum Rising is our new three-part series exploring the economically complex and culturally rich life in the world's urban slums.

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One sixth of the world's population lives in slums, but there's a lot more going on there than poverty. You can support Slum Rising,...

Filmmakers Lane Stevens, left, Dave Wilson and Gyasi Ross are part of the Idle No More indigenous-protest movement.

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Lane Stevens lives up a steep, potholed alleyway in a house perched above the gray expanse of Tulalip Bay. It’s a far cry from...