Beyond Fossil Fuels

  September 2022

Home Improvement as a Weapon Against Climate Change

by Vicki Thomas Even though we’ve been lucky to have a cool and wet spring and summer so far, last year was a much different story with multiple record-breaking heat domes and severe fires all over the West. Extreme weather … Continue reading

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  August 2022

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

by Jayne Freudenberger This photo initially appeared in the June 2012 issue of Whatcom Watch. It shows a Nissan LEAF at the Sehome Village charging station. The two-part article by Ken Carraso was about his first 8,000 miles in a … Continue reading

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  July 2022

Renewed Focus on Underwater Forests

by Vicki Thomas What Are Underwater Forests? Commonly called kelp forests, they are soaring stands of giant seaweed, often compared to the redwood forests on land. They aren’t plants, but are macroalgae that can grow to up to 2 feet … Continue reading

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  June 2022

Hedgerows, Reservoirs of Life

by Jean Carmean and Jayne Freudenberger Despite attempts to convince property owners that hedgerows have myriad benefits, such as water storage, noise and wind reduction, and wildlife protection, hedgerows have not yet made a major comeback, but, led by many … Continue reading

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  May 2022

Natural Climate Solutions: Maybe Not What You Think

by Stevan Harrell Technology can save us from climate change, or so goes the hope and hype in today’s media. Clean, smart grid, electric vehicles, all-electric buildings, green hydrogen, carbon capture and storage — if we just get off fossil … Continue reading

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  April 2022

Tax Credits Could Fund Creative Climate Solutions

  by Jayne Freudenberger Good news is hard to come by these days and that is especially true of the climate crisis we find ourselves in. Sometimes we feel absolutely helpless when we are reading about rising sea levels, arctic … Continue reading

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  March 2022

Thinking Inside the Package

by Lorene Lewis The pandemic and the end-of-year holidays have greatly increased the quantity of packages we send for and the packaging they come with. It is sobering that an estimated one-third of municipal waste comes from packaging and that … Continue reading

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