This article was published in High Country News. There had been such a racket, just moments ago. We were gathered at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge to witness the sandhill crane migration, and we heard the birds before we saw them. They cooed and clucked over our heads as the sun slipped toward the distant … Continue reading The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
This essay was published on HistoryLink. John Beal used to say that he and the Green-Duwamish River were one. Indeed, his life seemed intrinsically tied to it and, in particular, to a forgotten creek that followed a degraded course through his neighborhood in South Seattle. Soon after returning home from the war in Vietnam -- a … Continue reading John Beal (1950-2006)
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 Audubon. How do you fight a fire ripping through a 135-million-acre grassland tinderbox? It’s a question that federal and state agencies in the Great Basin are scrambling to answer. With sagebrush wildfires spreading fast across the West (recent blazes have scorched as many as 30,000 acres in a day), and climate … Continue reading With Few Options, the BLM Is Mulling Firebreaks to Battle Sagebrush Blazes
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 appeared on The Atlantic's CityLab. During the night of October 8, Santa Rosa, California, found itself pinned between two wildfires. To the southeast, the Nuns fire burned west of Highway 12. To the northeast, the Tubbs fire charred the hills outside Calistoga and worked its way southwest. In Santa Rosa, the latter would … Continue reading Wildfires Have Worsened the Bay Area’s Housing Crisis
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
This article appeared in YES! Magazine. Average number of years the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans outlive the poorest 1 percent: 10 to 15 1 Amount, in added benefits from Social Security and other social programs, that an affluent American receives from that life expectancy inequality: $130,000 Percent of 2015 crowdfunding campaigns on GiveFoward, Plumfund, FundRazr, … Continue reading American Workers Let 662 Million Vacation Days Go Unused Last Year