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Here's the Thing … a Seattle Environmental Blog

Here’s the thing…sometimes this world seems like a crazy place! What is going on with our environment? What ever happened to the separation of church and state? How does technology aimed at connecting people around the world make us plug in and check

Last Build Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 23:18:42 +0000


I’m Baaaack?

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:56:54 +0000

I am trying to decide if I should jump back into the world of blogging. Anyone have any thoughts?

Bush Administration Delays Polar Bear Listing – what a surprise!

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:26:00 +0000

Here's the thing... Today the Bush Administration announced that it will not meet its January 9th statutory deadline to make a decision on whether Polar bears should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. No one was surprised. Why would a lame duck president move forward with Polar bear protections when a) he doesn't give a rip about global warming and b) there are oil and gas leases up for sale in Polar bear habitat? Let's get real. This administration has tied the hands of scientists and repeatedly ignored its legal obligations to protect endangered and threatened species.

Calling All Kids! Enter the Wild Salmon Youth Art Contest!

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 04:02:00 +0000

Here's the thing... Kids love art - and a lot of them are pretty darn good at it. My kids will spend hours at the table drawing, painting, and doodling. My wife and I are always looking for fun activities for them to get involved in - and if you are in the same boat, look no further!

Don’t Give Toxic Toys this Holiday Season!

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 05:49:00 +0000

Here's the thing... Toxic toys are not a good gift. So don't go giving little Jimmy or Susie a lead-coated rubber duckie this Christmas.

Give Four Dams for Puget Sound’s Endangered Orcas

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 05:53:00 +0000

Here's the thing... The connection has been made and the science is clear: If we hope to recover the iconic orcas of Puget Sound, we need to find them more salmon to eat, and fast. On November 20, six prominent orca scientists showed us the way. In a letter to NOAA Fisheries, Members of Congress and Governor Gregoire, scientists called for restoring abundant runs of salmon by considering removal of the four lower Snake River dams in SE Washington. These dams have long been at the heart of Columbia Basin salmon recovery. Now they are in the bullseye of the orca debate.

Long time no Blog. November highlights from the Green side.

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 05:45:00 +0000

Here's the thing... It has been a while since my last blog entry. In the environmental world, crazy days are upon us and I have been riding the wave. But, the point of my blog is to not only comment on the goings-on in the environmental arena, but to encourage people to speak up and get involved. Here's what I have been thinking about over the past month.

I’m liking KUOW’s environmental series – check them out!

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 10:20:00 +0000

Here's the thing... After the school bus picks up my daughter and whisks her away to the unknown world of kindergarten, I drop off my second child at the local pre-school. I'm telling you this because, for the first time in five years, I have a regular schedule: Be at the bus stop at 8:29. Or else.

Seattle is #3 most Sustainable City

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 12:18:00 +0000

Here's the thing... A national ranking of the most sustainable cities in the US was recently released by SustainLane, a community-powered directory of sustainable businesses and green products. Using metrics like Air Quality, % of City Commuters, and availability of fresh local foods from farmers' markets, SustainLane developed a formula to determine which American cities are the greenest. Not surprisingly, our sister to the SOUTH, Portland, was crowned as the most sustainable city in the nation. San Francisco, dragged down by the compete dearth of affordable housing and the high potential for natural disaster but buoyed by city planning and innovation, won the silver medal. Seattle claimed third prize.

What does Oklahoma have against the Northwest?

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 07:32:00 +0000

Here's the thing... We all know that Clay Bennett and his Oklahoma-based ownership group want to move our Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. I'm OK with that, actually (ha, ha). Although I am a sports fan, I was not a supporter of two separate stadiums for the Seahawks and the Mariners - why can't they share one? And why do the taxpayers need to pay for both? But I digress....

USGS predicts two-thirds decline in world’s polar bear population by 2050

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 18:58:00 +0000

Here's the thing... If you want to see a polar bear in the wild, you might want to book a ticket pretty soon.

Dr. Dan’s versus Propel Biodiesel – is there a difference in performance?

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 13:46:00 +0000

Here's the thing... I just drove to Kalaloch Beach and back on less than 3/4 tank of Dr. Dan's from the Espresso Express site at 65th and 15th. Not too shabby - 350+ miles on 8, maybe 9 gallons. I'm wondering if there is any performance difference between Dr. Dan's and Propel biodiesel sold at Laurelhurst Oil. Might have to do a little experiment to figure that out.

The Biodiesel movement keeps growing – soon Boeing will be calling Dr. Dan.

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 08:59:00 +0000

Here's the thing... I've been blogging on the Seattle biodiesel craze for a while now - from my very first entry recounting the story of my family's quest to buy an alternative fuel car - to a few other jubilant posts when the price of biodiesel sank well below regular gas at the local pumps. You all know I am a strong advocate of the biodiesel thang.

More Progress on the Climate Change Front – props to the Gov!

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:05:00 +0000

Here's the thing... It seems recently that I'm in the business of giving props to elected officials who are making good decisions for the environment. My last shout out was to Rep. Dave Reichert who has made some steady progress embracing his greener side by signing onto the Climate Stewardship Act and advocating for federal protection for the Pratt River.

Where are Seattle’s Hybrid Taxis?

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:31:00 +0000

Here's the thing... Vancouver, BC has a lot of Prius hybrid taxis. Where are ours? I just returned from a weekend trip - my wife was riding the RSVP, and I would have been if it weren't for my freak gardening accident a while back that resulted in a badly sprained ankle - but anyway, wherever I went in Vancouver, I saw brightly colored Pruis cabs scooting along the crowded city streets picking up and dropping off. At first, I thought it was just one environmentally friendly cab company trying to reach a niche market, but then I realized that almost all of the cabs were hybrids. Smart, since hybrids are super clean in-city where these cabs spend most of their time.

Wedgwood Land Use Fight is Gaining Steam

Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:27:00 +0000

Here's the thing... I've been hearing some rumblings recently coming from over in the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle. Neighbors have been organizing and speaking out against a proposed development on 35th NE at NE 86th that would significantly change the face and feel of their neighborhood. Now, 35th NE has changed a lot in the past few years. Similar to the Roosevelt district around NE 65th and 12th NE - and many neighborhoods in Seattle, for that matter - Wedgwood has experienced a renaissance of sorts along 35th as dilapidated houses have been demolished and commercial properties have sprouted up.