This feature was published in the June 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine. The sun has barely burned the fog off Lake Washington as Noel Stout, standing near the water’s edge, peers at a heavy wooden trellis suspended 20 feet above a concrete backyard patio. He’s rigged a system of ropes and pulleys to the cedar … Continue reading How Seattle’s Appetite for Construction Is Creating a Growing Waste Problem
This article was published by the Atlantic's CityLab. By early spring, Seattleites are over the rain. Winter is a very long, very gray tunnel, during which the city sees most of its annual 150 wet days. This is not surprising for anyone familiar with the Emerald City. What is surprising, though, is that a place … Continue reading Seattle Thinks It Knows Rain. Climate Change Begs to Differ.
This article was published by Ensia. January 16, 2018 — The news broadcasts of bright orange flames spilling over forested ridgetops at night were as ghastly as they were inescapable. On September 2, 2017, a wildfire ignited in the Columbia River Gorge about 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. Quickly, flames spread across the canyon’s south … Continue reading Disasters are Destroying Places We Hold Dear. What We Do Next Will Make All the Difference.
This article was published by YES! Magazine. “Imagine yourself in another world of ice. You’re out a ways from shore, and you’re traveling through ice pack, looking for good, clear, white ice. That’s most likely where you’ll find the oogruk, and it’s also a shelter in case the weather turns on you,” says Cyrus Harris, an … Continue reading Hospital Beats Federal Bureaucracy to Offer Local Traditional Foods
This article appeared online in Sierra Magazine. There are many reasons why a dirt road in Montana’s Flathead National Forest would collapse into the creek below: freeze and thaw cycles, heavy rains, passing logging vehicles, or everyday erosion. One particular washout in 2014, which occurred about 3.5 miles up Sullivan Creek from Hungry Horse Reservoir, destroyed … Continue reading Bull Trout Decline Presents Stark Choices in a Changing Climate
YES! Magazine I’m digging through reports and punditry to make sense of health care reform when I realize that while we’ve been debating single-payer systems and high-risk pools, no one’s talking about the most serious health threat: climate change. I know what global warming is doing to our ecosystems. My Twitter feed is a stream of climate … Continue reading Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate
YES! Magazine With or without President Donald Trump, the United States will work to address climate change. Not because of the Paris agreement, which is nonbinding. Not because backing out would earn the ire of the other 194 countries that have signed on to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. will work to address … Continue reading U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement
YES! Magazine It’s unseasonably warm in Fairbanks, Alaska. A city that sees snow eight months out of the year is just beginning to bud. I’m in the backseat of a Subaru, getting a tour of the town from three environmental and Indigenous rights activists with a busy week ahead of them. Fairbanks is about to host … Continue reading The Unlikely Uprising of Progressive Politics in Alaska
YES! Magazine Stamping my feet on the frozen ground of the National Mall on a bitter cold morning in January 2009, I didn’t think we had gathered to welcome a climate president. Foremost in my mind, at that time and in that place, were the seemingly endless war in Iraq, the reeling economy, and the … Continue reading Obama’s Quiet Climate Legacy: A $5 Trillion College Divestment Campaign