This new Renton location, complete with a 244,000 square-foot rooftop solar array, is part of Ikea's efforts to become energy independent by 2020. (Photo from A&R Solar)

Ikea completes Washington’s largest rooftop solar installation

Ikea stores in northern Europe already produce more energy than they consume, and there's reason to believe the new Renton store can do the same.
Jan 18, 2017
Wind farms on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca state. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Indigenous people confront the energy industry, from Oaxaca to Standing Rock

Multinational energy corporations have built wind farms to meet Mexico’s “green” energy goals. But indigenous communities whose land they're on aren't getting a say.
Dec 14, 2016

Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

Native Americans and climate activists have protested against the oil pipeline project, saying it endangers tribal water sources and sacred sites.
Dec 4, 2016

Seattle’s contribution to Standing Rock: A new twist on the teepee

Seattle "tarpees" are giving Standing Rock camps hope to survive the cold Midwest winter, despite an order from the North Dakota Governor to clear the camps.
Nov 30, 2016

Police move in on Dakota pipeline encampment

Police in North Dakota began clearing a group of Native American and environmental protesters from an encampment near an oil pipeline construction site.
Oct 27, 2016

Environmental groups split over racial, economic equity in I-732

Groups supporting climate justice are on opposite sides over I-732. Would it hurt or help families of color who are most affected by climate change?
Oct 10, 2016

Green careers proposal advances to Seattle City Council

A proposal to promote internships, entry-level positions and outreach for environmental careers for young people of color will head to Seattle City Council.
Sep 23, 2016

Photos: Tribes, supporters rally in Seattle for Standing Rock Sioux’s pipeline battle

While construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been paused, the Standing Rock Sioux have vowed to press on.
Sep 19, 2016

Native tribes praise pipeline pause, vow to fight on

Pipeline construction has been paused on federally owned land that Native Americans consider sacred. Protesters vow to press for a full halt to the project.
Sep 12, 2016

Lummi Totem Pole Journey honors earth, celebrates Cherry Point victory

About 300 people gathered to offer blessings and to call for environmental advocacy at the Seattle stop for the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey.
Aug 26, 2016
(Photo from Flickr by wabatson)

State must protect Yakima Valley drinking water from cow manure

Lax Washington state dairy regulations are allowing cow manure to taint Yakima Valley drinking water.
Aug 23, 2016
Street graffiti from one of the first "Buy Nothing" days in 2005. (Photo from Flickr by Resa & Krister)

What I learned from a month of buying nothing: It’s surprisingly easy

We are emotional — and often defensive — about our consumption. But an experiment in buying nothing proves more liberating than challenging.
Aug 19, 2016

My personal challenge to buy nothing for a month

We’re drowning in needless products and waste in the US, so I’m trying to buy noting for a whole month except for food and toiletries. Join my challenge.
Jul 21, 2016
David García, Kimberly Gonzalez and Michelle Piñon are ambassadors for the Washington chapter of Latino Outdoors. They all grew up in different parts of southern California and share a passion for the outdoors and the environment. (Photo by Yvonne Rogell)

Latino Outdoors has a simple solution to increase diversity in natural recreation

Why is outdoor recreation is still a predominantly white activity? The local chapter of Latino Outdoors has answers.
Jul 13, 2016

The moral urgency of climate action: Why I’m saying #YesOn732

A UW grad student studying climate ethics and justice makes the case for Initiative 732, a carbon pricing plan that will be on the ballot in November.
Jul 12, 2016
A Stand.earth volunteer adds another cup to the more than 8000 hung in the early morning action. (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

Environmentalists target Starbucks cups in SoDo action

Why were the 8000 Starbucks cups hanging outside the company's headquarters in SoDo yesterday?
Jul 8, 2016

Uganda green energy program also keeps refugee women safe from assault

A program that produces energy-saving stoves could keep girls and women safe and has possible benefits to the environment and fighting hunger.
Jun 2, 2016
A rally at the Honduran Mission in New York City soon after Berta Cáceres was killed. (Photo by Natalie Jeffers / Matters of the Earth)

Environmental activist’s murder spotlights spiraling violence in Honduras

In November Berta Cáceres visited Seattle to speak out on environmental exploitation in Honduras. A few months later, she was murdered.
May 18, 2016
Alec Connon (right) helps tow an extra kayak for Bill and Melinda. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Gates Foundation divests from BP

News reports say the Gates Foundation Trust's holdings in oil, coal and gas stocks have dropped 85 percent since 2014.
May 17, 2016

Watchdog group tracks Seattle e-waste to Hong Kong junkyard

Laptops, monitors and other devices from Seattle and other parts of the country have been tracked to junkyards in developing countries.
May 11, 2016