Environment http://www.kplu.org en USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards http://www.kplu.org/post/usgs-tries-listening-human-racket-understand-seismic-hazards <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319283&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 12.800000190734863px; background-image: none; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Research geologists have just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17873 at http://www.kplu.org USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://www.kplu.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160031216&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.</p><p>Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores, but some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17856 at http://www.kplu.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns http://www.kplu.org/post/oil-train-derailment-under-busy-seattle-bridge-highlights-safety-concerns <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160154500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Three tanker cars derailed at a Seattle rail yard early Thursday while carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was hurt and none of the oil spilled, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burlington Northern Santa Fe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the incident spurred renewed calls from the city for a </span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31504&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ban on oil train traffic near neighborhoods</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17865 at http://www.kplu.org Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns Expansion Of 13-Year-Old Oil Terminal Just Now Getting Environmental Review http://www.kplu.org/post/expansion-13-year-old-oil-terminal-just-now-getting-environmental-review <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022871&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An expansion of the Northwest’s largest oil terminal will be the subject of a public hearing before the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Army Corps of Engineers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Portals/27/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2014%20PNs/Special%20Public%20Notice%20BP%20Cherry%20Point%20(3).pdf" target="_blank">Thursday evening in Seattle</a>.&nbsp;Environmentalists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are calling for limits on oil tanker traffic at BP’s docks at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Environmental impact statements are usually heard before a project is built. But in an unusual twist, this hearing concerns a facility that’s been up and running for 13 years.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17854 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-host-first-public-meeting-inslees-fish-consumption-rate-proposal <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159728327&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington is slowly moving ahead with a long-delayed plan to update its water quality rules. Tuesday's will be the first public meeting on Gov. Jay&nbsp;<a href="http://governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=293">Inslee’s proposal</a> to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate, which determines how clean discharged water must be.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17835 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies http://www.kplu.org/post/germany-provides-inspiration-potential-market-wash-clean-tech-companies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159313500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:16:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17810 at http://www.kplu.org Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/report-shows-coal-oil-trains-would-quadruple-rail-traffic-alarming-lawmakers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158980956&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17744 at http://www.kplu.org Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-remove-fewer-wild-horses-western-rangelands-year <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158825086&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:16 +0000 Tom Banse 17728 at http://www.kplu.org Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches http://www.kplu.org/post/temps-rise-invasive-weed-prompts-closure-several-bellevue-beaches <p>As temperatures hike into the high 80s this week, many will be flocking to beaches to cool down. But some swimming areas in Bellevue will be temporarily shutting down this week, specifically Bellevue’s Newcastle, Meydenbauer and Clyde beach parks.</p><p>The culprit for the closures is milfoil, an invasive weed that the state Department of Ecology views as the most problematic plant in Washington. The city of Bellevue and homeowners will be applying herbicide to shoreline areas adjacent to the three beach parks to control invasive milfoil blooms.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:26:08 +0000 Alison Marcotte 17720 at http://www.kplu.org As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-proposes-higher-fish-consumption-rate-part-new-clean-water-plan <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158066824&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed dramatically increasing the fish consumption rate that drives clean water standards in the state.</p><p>Inslee said Wednesday he plans to set the fish consumption rate at 175 grams a day, which would protect people who eat about a serving a day of fish. Current water quality standards assume only one serving of fish per month, or 6.5 grams a day.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:12:01 +0000 Monica Spain & Associated Press 17650 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-study-urban-fumes-cause-pollinating-moths-fly-stumbling-drunks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157208470&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17580 at http://www.kplu.org UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act http://www.kplu.org/post/farmers-object-epas-proposed-changes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157173284&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Farmers across the country are riled up over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters" target="_blank">plan to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p>Depending on who you talk to, these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 17569 at http://www.kplu.org Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other http://www.kplu.org/post/what-puget-sound-orcas-sound-when-they-talk-each-other <p>Ever hear an orca speak?&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale&nbsp;conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island:&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17421 at http://www.kplu.org This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle http://www.kplu.org/post/decade-research-reveals-iconic-orcas-struggle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Associated Press 17387 at http://www.kplu.org Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle Snohomish County Weighs Options To Tighten Land Use In Slide-Prone Areas http://www.kplu.org/post/snohomish-county-weighs-options-tighten-land-use-slide-prone-areas <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155891854&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Three months after a deadly landslide hit the town of Oso, Washington, Snohomish County is again looking at options to tighten land-use policy in slide-prone areas.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17374 at http://www.kplu.org Snohomish County Weighs Options To Tighten Land Use In Slide-Prone Areas