The Lorax….

Sadly still just as relevant as ever, if not more…!?

E. Fudd

right ON.

Canada court halts Pacific pipeline in blow to Trudeau

best quote: “Meaningful consultation is not intended simply to allow indigenous peoples “to blow off steam,” the decision said.

also: Concern over endangered orcas blows up approval of Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada

E. Fudd

nooooooo!

E. Fudd

new NW insect field guide

nice!

What’s that bug? New Northwest field guide makes it easy to find out

– published by Seattle Audubon

E. Fudd

nice!

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Just Announced an Ambitious Ban on Plastic Bags

E. Fudd

Pericos!

we saw these birds, many, many years ago – not long after that movie came out (that was how we knew) – we hiked to the top of Telegraph Hill from the back side, and there they were, hanging out in a big conifer – weird to see parrots in a tree like that. Anyway, despite their being effectively an ‘invasive’ species, glad to see they are hanging in there…

San Francisco’s wild parrots branching out throughout city

E. Fudd

it’s a start.

Connelly: Pruitt EPA loophole for polluting trucks reversed after Washington AG’s suit

F Scott Pruitt!

E. Fudd

get it done.

Reintroduce the North Cascades grizzly bear

E. Fudd

Save Seattle’s Exceptional Trees from New ADU’s!

Please sign this petition to help protect Seattle’s Trees!

Petition by Treepac Board Member Richard Ellison, MS Botany (click link to sign)

The City of Seattle wants to encourage single family homeowners to build additional ADU’s (accessary dwelling units, sometimes called mother-in-law units), both attached and unattached. Currently, you can build one or the other, but not both, on the same property. The City proposes allowing both, while also reducing minimum lot sizes from 4000 sq ft to 3200 sq ft and increasing the backyard structural footprint from 40% to 60%.

We believe the ADU-DEIS is highly flawed in claiming there will be no significant impacts to Exceptional Trees, Significant Trees and Tree Groves as a result of the proposed changes. Cumulative impacts, unavoidable adverse impacts, impacts to critical root zones, increased stormwater runoff, urban island heat effects, are all issues poorly addressed, if at all.

It is inconceivable to us that the ADU-DEIS cannot identify even one adverse impact, considering Single Family (SF) zones are 67% of the land and have 72% of Seattle’s tree canopy on 135,000 lots. The DEIS is silent as to how increases in lot coverage and reductions in minimum lot size, among many other issues, will be such that “No significant adverse impacts are anticipated to land use; therefore, no mitigation measures are proposed.” (The DEIS in 4.3.3 Mitigation Measures, Page 4-120 notes)

E. Fudd

Nice!

Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

BERLIN (AP) — Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it’s feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels.

Utility firm Vattenfall said Tuesday it has teamed up with steel company SSAB and mining firm LKAB to build the 1.4-billion Swedish krona ($158 million) pilot plant.

Existing plants produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, when coal is used to turn iron into hardened steel.

The new factory being built in the northeastern town of Lulea by 2020 will use hydrogen instead of coal and coke. The companies’ joint venture, called HYBRIT, aims to have an industrial process in place by 2035.

Vattenfall said the technology could potentially cut Sweden’s total carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent, helping meet the country’s goals under the Paris climate accord.

E. Fudd