Northwest (OR WA)

Washington: "Coal Loses Ballot Test"

"County council elections turn on local issues, but the recent ballot in Washington State's Whatcom County drew big money and national interest. As Ashley Ahearn of public media's EarthFix reports,these councillors must approve any permit for a huge coal export facility, and those elected are considered by many to be opponents of such a coal terminal."

Source: Living on Earth/EarthFix, 11/18/2013
February 27, 2014 to March 2, 2014

Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Primarily an environmental law conference, this annual event is also a great place for journalists to pick up stories, discuss the nuts and bolts of what makes something a story, and focus on other topics related to environmental journalism. The event will be followed by a local SEJ-led Meet-up.

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"Bishops: Coal Ports Must Get 'Exhaustive, Independent Review'"

"Huge proposed coal export terminals at Longview and Cherry Point, north of Bellingham, must get “exhaustive and independent review” of potential environmental, economic and climate change impacts, Washington’s four Catholic bishops said in a statement adopted Friday."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/13/2013

"GMO Labeling a Hot Ballot Fight in Washington State"

"OLYMPIA, Washington -- With one day before the election in Washington State, grassroots organization Food Democracy Now! is urging its 650,000 members and citizens everywhere to make calls urging voters to support Yes on 522, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms."

Source: ENS, 11/05/2013

"The County Council Election That Could Make or Break Big Coal"

"Last week, the Whatcom County Council in northwestern Washington voted to buy six new SUVs for the local Sheriff's Department and introduced its annual road construction plan. These were significant developments in this sleepy rural enclave of scarcely 200,000 people, but nothing compared to what's on the horizon: A proposal to build the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast, capable of annually shipping a whopping 48 million tons of Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia."

Source: Mother Jones, 10/29/2013

Calif., Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Sign Climate Change Pact

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 10/29/2013
July 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Grist Fellowship Program

The six-month, paid Grist Fellowship Program in Seattle is an opportunity for early-career writers, editors, and others with diverse backgrounds to hone their journalistic skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. Fellows will make daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations. Cash stipend. Next deadline: Jul 31.

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