Climate

  January 2019

Assessing the U.N. Climate Change Report

by Ray Kamada The latest Special IPCC (U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report, authored by 91 scientists from 40 nations, says we’ve already warmed the planet by roughly 1.0 degree Celsius (C), (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). (1) And, if business … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Climate Chaos, Tipping Points and The Final Buzzer

by Dick Conoboy The final buzzer indicating our last chance on climate change has likely already sounded, albeit muffled by ignorance, greed and downright stupidity. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, biodiversity chief at the United Nations, says we probably have two years … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District board will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Registered voters that have participated in previous Whatcom Conservation District elections do not automatically receive a ballot. Ballots must be requested … Continue reading

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  January 2019

A Lawyer Looks at Health Insurance

by Robert A. Duke I think we all understand that insurance is protection against the threat of unaffordable loss. That’s all insurance, including healthcare insurance. But, Tom (not his actual name), Professor Emeritus of Law, and check-writing patient, sees health … Continue reading

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  January 2019

An Idea for Birding in the New Year

by Joe Meche In the middle of December the weather often demands that I spend more time indoors. During these slower times, I think back through the year to see if I satisfied myself with all the birds that I … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Can We Fix Puget Sound’s Beaches?

by Christopher Dunagan Part 1 New numbers show progress in the state’s efforts to remove shoreline armoring, but they don’t tell the whole story. For the second year in a row, more shoreline armoring — such as rock and concrete … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Plastic Pollution: Cleanup and Prevention

by Ron Kleinknecht Part 2 As I wrote in Part 1 of this series on plastic in our environment, our oceans are awash with all kinds of plastics to the tune of over 5 trillion pieces. (1) These items are … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Standing as an Orca in Boulevard Park

by Rob Lewis It is roughly three-and-a-half months since Tahlequah carried her unnamed calf (who died 30 minutes after birth) through the Salish Sea in a near mythic, 17-day vigil of grief. Soon after, Scarlet, a young female crucial to … Continue reading

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