Most of the time we don't know where Ashley is. That's because she's usually managed to get lost or to drop her means of communication into one waterbody or another. As a newcomer to the region, Ashley brings a healthy dose of incredulity about what goes on around here. "Wait, you truck fish around dams?" or "You grow fish in a hatchery and then set them free into rivers? Is that kind of like keeping chickens?" As a transplant from Los Angeles most recently (where she got her masters in science journalism at USC) she's tended to report on rivers that are nicely cemented in, so she's very excited about all the freerange waterways up here. Radio will always be Ashley's first love (she got her start working for the show Living on Earth on Public Radio International) but she's pretty excited about this whole "multimedia" thing everyone's talking about.
Ashley's been known to develop crushes on inanimate objects such as rivers, hip waders and reliable recording equipment. At scientific conferences she sneaks pictures of the highly fashionable forms of footwear on parade, with special attention to the combination of wool socks and tevas often sported by ecologists and biologists. She then tweets those pictures, so follow her on Twitter.
We like Ashley because we know that even though she's often MIA, she always comes back with a story.
Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound took a big step Tuesday in getting the same kind of coordinated recovery effort that's gone to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.
Protesters -- all from the Pacific Northwest -- shut down pipelines Tuesday at all five sites across the northern U.S. where pipelines deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands to American refineries.
Do you want to make energy companies pay $25 for every ton of carbon they emit? What if that meant your gas cost more and your electric bill went up? It’s a decision Washington voters are facing.
The world’s largest methanol plant is one step closer to construction on the lower Columbia River following the release of a report on how the project would affect the environment.
A young Ugandan scientist talks about life on her family farm and what she's learned about wolves and ranchers in Washington state.
Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6 percent over a six-year period, according to a new report. It cautions that despite the progress, the city is off the pace needed to reach 2030 carbon-cutting goals.
The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a $444,000 fine to the state’s largest electronic waste recycler after an investigation showed it was dumping toxics-laced electronics overseas.
Energy | Transportation | News | Nation | EnvironmentKUOW/EarthFix | July 28, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Seattle
Washington state regulators have issued a $176 million fine against Volkswagen for violating air quality laws by equipping diesel cars with software programmed to cheat emissions tests.
Friday was the public's last chance to comment on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to limit carbon pollution from the state's biggest emitters. But with a carbon tax on the November ballot, it won't be voters' last word on the matter.
A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.
Climate change | Energy | News | Environment | Agriculture | localKUOW/EarthFix | May 16, 2016 8:39 a.m. | Anacortes, Washington
Fifty-two people were arrested Sunday after camping out on train tracks that service oil refineries in northern Puget Sound. They were among hundreds of activists who demonstrated against fossil fuels in Anacortes, Washington.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.
The environmental review for what could be the largest coal export terminal in the country appears to have been put on hold.
A small city on the Columbia River is open for business when it comes to producing and shipping methanol, despite controversy over a similar project elsewhere in the Northwest.
Washington state regulators are setting aside the rules they’ve been working on to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted into the air.
Log books from 19th century whaling ships are treasure troves for modern-day climate scientists. They’re mining these old volumes for day-to-day weather and sea-ice reports from the Arctic region in the .
Coal usage in the U.S. has been declining for years. That's prompted coal companies to try to export their coal to Asia via West Coast ports. But that's not looking like such a good bet for the coal industry anymore.
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