William Yardley covered energy and environmental issues in the West for the Los Angeles Times until 2017. He previously worked as a reporter for the New York Times, the Miami Herald and the St. Petersburg Times.
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The pioneers who built Seattle polluted and plumbed the lower Duwamish River for a century, straightening its wild curves and saturating its sediment with toxic chemicals from an asphalt plant, Boeing manufacturing facilities and other industries.
The Obama administration’s plan to save the greater sage grouse was widely heralded as a landmark moment in collaborative conservation when, nearly two years ago, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the effort to protect the rare Western bird.
The Trump administration has given new life to a proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska that would be built at the headwaters of one of the world’s largest runs of wild salmon.
The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land.
The fierce debate over public land in the West is almost certain to intensify following President Trump’s signing of an executive order Wednesday that could lead to the reduction or elimination of some national monuments.
Cities know the protocol for taking a stand for sustainability on the West Coast: Calculate your carbon footprint, set a bold goal for reducing emissions, ramp up public transit and maybe even pass a resolution banning the export of fossil fuels.
British Columbia promotes itself as “Super, Natural,” and for many years it was praised for walking that talk.
This sprawling metropolis morphed in a matter of decades from a scorching desert outpost into one of the largest cities in the nation.
Tuesday marked an obscure anniversary in American history: It was 114 years to the day after President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge, in Pelican Island, Fla.