Getting pandas to mate in capitvity, and then releasing babies that will thrive in the wild isn't easy, Vitale found out. (Courtesy photo by Ami Vitale)

What’s it really like to be a National Geographic photographer?

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale says her job can sometimes by lonely and terrifying, but it's worth it to be a part of preserving our wonderful world.
Mar 17, 2016
The current cohort of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps, a dozen teens from South Park and Georgetown. (Photo by Barbara Clabots)

The Duwamish Valley Youth Corps are coming for your litter

In South Park and Georgetown, the health impacts of pollution are real and life-threatening. But a small cadre of teens are learning to fight for environmental justice.
Mar 10, 2016
In Verevere Village, Ra Province, 95 percent of homes are destroyed. (Photo courtesy of Janet Lotawa)

Cyclone Winston a call to invest in Fiji’s rural economy

Building economic resiliency will be the key to helping rural Fijian communities weather Cyclone Winston.
Mar 3, 2016
Frank Turner of Olympia holds up a sign in support of Initiative 732, a carbon tax that will go before the state legislature starting in January. (Photo by John Stang)

I-732 group submits signatures; critics say measure fails to do enough

An alternative to I-732 that would raise carbon tax revenue to help poor communities and communities of color is being planned for the November ballot.
Dec 30, 2015
We are stronger together

I-732 kowtows to polluters, disrespects communities of color

Initiative 732 would ensure that polluters get cut slack at the expense of Washington's communities.
Salmon on sale line the seafood window at the Ballard Fred Meyer. (Photo by Barbara Clabots)

Why female salmon consumers need more transparency

With the FDA putting AquaBounty's AquAdvantage salmon on shelves last month, health concerns among the female consumer should be a prime consideration.
Dec 28, 2015
A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 11, 2015.  (Photo by Stephane Mahe for Reuters.)

How the world learned its lesson and got a climate deal

The decision to try at getting almost 200 countries to sign a climate deal on cutting carbon emissions was a gamble.
Dec 14, 2015
From left to right, California Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke on behalf of the Pacific Coast Coalition. (Photo by Greg Scruggs.)

Seattle shines at COP21 — despite mayor’s absence

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray skipped COP21, but the city still had plenty of representation and leadership at the Paris climate talks.
Dec 11, 2015
Paul Wagner of Salmon is Life plays a flute before a kayak.

Seattle activists wave salmon lanterns in Paris for climate talks

Despite a ban on demonstrations in Paris, Seattle activists brought 350 salmon lanterns to the city to wave them for the COP21 climate conference.
Gov. Jay Inslee (WA) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT) at the Paris Climate Change Conference. (Photo courtesy Governors Office via Flickr.)

Could Canada carbon emissions agreement have room for Washington?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is exploring whether Washington could be part of a carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan developing among several Canadian provices.
Dec 9, 2015
A boy rides his bike in the haze along an Indonesian highway in late October, at the height of forest fires that blanketed much of Southeast Asia in a haze. (Photo by REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

Climate and consumption come to a head in Indonesia forest fires

What does your shampoo have to do with Indonesia's awful forest fire season?
Dec 2, 2015
Women activists take part in a march ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, known as the COP21 summit, in Bogota, Colombia November 29, 2015.  (Photo by Jose Miguel Gomeza for Reuters.)

Nations most at risk urge warming cap stricter than COP21 goal

Middle-income and developing nations call for more ambitious goals than what's currently on the table at the Paris Climate Change Conference, also being called COP21.
Nov 30, 2015
Gates Divestment-

Kayactivists want Bill Gates to publicly divest from fossil fuels

They even brought a two-seater kayak along for Bill and Melinda.
Oct 28, 2015
More than 20 percent of the Colville Reservation burned in two major fires this summer. (Photo by Colton Miller)

When firefighting resources are thin, reservations are left to burn

As Washington raced to save million dollar homes from wildfires this summer, tribal land went up in flames.
Oct 27, 2015
Tourists watch as waves hit the shore in Acapulco. (Photo by Claudio Vargas for Reuters.)

Mexico braces for record-breaking Hurricane Patricia

Meteorologists compared Hurricane Patricia to 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines.
Oct 23, 2015
Marchers move down Madison St. during the Seattle People's Climate March on Wednesday. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Seattle joins People’s Climate March in call for global action

More than 1000 people gathered in Seattle on Wednesday for the People's Climate March.
Oct 15, 2015
Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Why gender and climate justice are inextricable

What does immigrant detainment have to do with gender and climate justice? More than you think.
Oct 13, 2015
Dyed yarn hanging on a fence at the Jubilee Farm in Snoqualmie, part of a class on using natural plant dyes. (Photo by Carolyn Higgins)

Your organic cotton tee-shirt probably poisoned a river in Asia

Textile dyeing is an oft overlooked part of clothing manufacturing that can have devastating human and environmental impacts. But one Seattle woman has a solution.
Oct 8, 2015
A the end of WOC Speak Out event at Town Hall: From left to right, Yu, Tekola, Sopariwala and Joshi.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Women of Color Speak Out aim to change the climate of Climate Justice

Women of Color Speak Out challenges mainstream environmentalism, which often excludes the poor and people of color.
Sep 11, 2015
Photographer Carlos Barria holds up a print of a photograph he took after Hurricane Katrina in the same location 10 years later. The storm was early evidence of how climate change disproportionately impacts the poor and people of color. (Photo from REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Climate Justice coalition links poverty with environment woes

Members of “Communities of Color for Climate Justice” are flipping the stereotype of the Seattle environmentalist on its head.
Aug 28, 2015