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Environment & Energy

Green Seniors

The static "welcome" post below is followed by many more you can look up using categories in the left column.  The Green Seniors site and Joyce's personal writing as Greengranny contain many posts on gardening (urban, organic-inclined, etc), permaculture, and sustainable agriculture that are relevant to hunger. While we are not adding new posts to this site at the present time, we will continue to safeguard and maintain its contents for the future.

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Campaign Earth

We offer simple solutions to today's most pressing environmental issue, climate change. Knowing a busy lifestyle is as American as apple pie, we've created straight forward actions that enable us all to make a difference, one step at a time. Join our monthly challenge program or support renewable energyand see just how easy getting involved can be. Or, simply learn more about the campaign.   For More, see http://www.campaignearth.org/index.asp

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Washington Trails Association

Welcome to Washington Trails Association (WTA), the voice for hikers in Washington state. We believe hiking trails are our link to wilderness. We protect hiking trails and wild lands, take volunteers out to maintain trails, and promote hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors. Mission: Washington Trails Association's mission is to preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state through collaboration, education,

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House approves bill to limit use of lawn fertilizers containing phosporous

OLYMPIA - Washington homeowners would be restricted from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on healthy lawns under a bill that passed the House Monday. Despite complaints from Republicans that homeowners should be able to decide what fertilizer to put on their grass or that restrictions will send grass-growers across the border into Idaho for bootleg lawn spreads, Democrats passed a bill sought by Spokane and other cities seeking to cut down on

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Environmentalists fight deep cuts to state budget

Along with every other interest group, environmentalists hope the programs they've fought for won't be gutted as the Legislature again tries to fix a huge deficit. Still, lobbyists and legislators say there might be a few modest victories and if nothing else, the chance to keep issues in the public eye during the session that opened Monday.  Washington has had to close a $12 billion shortfall over the past three years, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has

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Groups sue to protect salmon by enforcing limit on 6 pesticides

Several fishing and conservation groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to limit the use of six agricultural pesticides to protect salmon. A lawsuit filed in federal district court in Seattle Monday alleges the EPA has not taken action on measures that NOAA Fisheries Service called for in 2008 and 2009. The service found six pesticides threaten the survival of several species of salmon and steelhead in the West.  

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Lung Cancer

Many pollutants cause lung cancer, including asbestos, pesticides, smoke, and radon. If you were exposed to these substances, they could be the cause of your cancer.   For More, see http://www.lungcancer-prognosis.com/causes.html

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NOAA: Global Warming “undeniable

Global warning is "undeniable" says a new report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which looked at 10 climate indicators and concluded they "all tell the same story." "People have spent thousands of years building society for one climate and now a new one is being created - one that's warmer and more extreme," the NOAA report states. The 10 indicators included shrinking glaciers, melting spring snow cover in

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Canal-Area Residents Urged to ‘Do Some Good for the Hood’

BELFAIR -- "Family-friendly" events scheduled around Hood Canal are being seen as a call to action for people living in the watershed. "Do Some Good for the Hood" is the name given to the program, which runs through the month of May as currently planned. Activities range from beach walks to park cleanups, from installing pet-waste stations to marking storm drains. Those who would like to organize their own activities and rally their friends and

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Commencement Bay Cleaning Up

Sediment at the bottom of Commencement Bay and its waterways tells the story of their environmental health, and the latest reviews indicate both are improving. Two reports released Friday cover efforts by the state to reduce pollution in the bay as a whole and by the City of Tacoma in the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood waterways.  State and local officials presented the data at the new Center for Urban Waters, located on the Foss Waterway and dedicated

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Olympia’s Next Big War–A Steep Hike in Oil Taxes for Puget Sound Cleanup

Could Balance the Budget, Raise Price of Gas, Reduce Money for Roads--Will Pit Greens Against Business.   For More, see Puget Sound Cleanup

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Washington gets 1.5 Million for Green Jobs

For More, see Green Jobs

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Thousands of NW seabirds killed by algal foam

The killer foam that hit NW seabirds has subsided but conservationists are worried about a death toll they say numbers in the thousands.   For More, see NW Seabirds

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Northwest Salmon recovery plan may include breaching dams

A rewritten plan for restoring endangered and threatened wild salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington State and Idaho includes studying the possibility of breaching four major hydroelectric dams if other steps don't reverse the decline.   For More, see Northwest Salmon

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100-plus seabirds found dead on 25-mile stretch of West End Beach

LAPUSH -- More than 100 dead seabirds have been found on beaches stretching about 25 miles from Kalaloch to Rialto Beach since Friday. Hundreds more of the birds -- which appear to be primarily white-winged scoters and surf scoters -- appear to be ill, said Mary Sue Brancato, a resource protection officer with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. When many birds show up dead on beaches, it is termed a "wreck," she said.   For More, see http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090915/news/309159996

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Global Warming: Want to see Northwest impacts?

Living in a corner of America powered, irrigated and inspired by water, we ought to treat Tuesday's report released by the White House, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, as a wake-up call and cold shower. "We are the alpha and the omega of global warming," said Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., who helped write a flawed -- but needed -- bill to change national energy policy. It's pending in the House. For More, see http://www.seattlepi.com/local/connelly/article/Global-warming-Want-to-see-Northwest-impacts-1304634.php

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Safer Disposal of Unwanted Household Medicines

Medicine return programs are the safest solution for people and the environment. Group Health Cooperative and Bartell Drugs are currently collecting medicines at 37 locations in six counties.   To access, please click on Medicine Return

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State proposes cleanup plan for remainder of Camp Bonneville

Monday's proposal is a key step in figuring out how much work must be done before the 4,000 acre form Army canp north of Camas can become a public park.   For More, see Camp Bonneville cleanup

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Environmentalists want drugs in river monitored

An environmental group is calling for increased attention to pharmaceuticals and personal care products that are winding their way through the human body and ultimately into the Columbia River For More, see Columbia River

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Catching up on state’s new crop of green legislation

"Going green" just keeps going, faster and faster. With all the green products, programs and practices constantly being introduced, consumers have a hard time keeping track. Since the Washington Legislature just wrapped up its 2009 session, let's take a look at the latest environmental laws and bills. Q: Which green legislation passed in our state this year will have the greatest consumer impact? A: Although very long term, it will most likely

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