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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - WA: Environment

While the severity of wildfires in the Northwest has grown, a new study finds only about a tenth of the historical acreage burns each year. (LDELD/Flickr)

SEATTLE — While the Northwest has seen massive infernos in recent years, a new report shows its forests actually are experiencing a historical deficit of fires. That deficit could be fueling recent, dangerous wildfire seasons. The study conducted by The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Servic

According to some estimates, oceans could contain more plastics than fish by 2050. (Jill Clardy/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – It's Earth Day, and one manufactured menace threatening the world's oceans is plastics. While estimates vary, many scientific studies find that about 8 million metric tons of plastic make their way into the ocean each year. Michiel Abbing, author of the book "Plastic Soup", is a

A southern Washington community is managing nearby forestland. (Jeff Hollett/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill in the Washington State Legislature could give communities more control over local forests. Senate Bill 5873 would create a community forest pilot program to fund and monitor three projects in the state. Max Webster, evergreen forest program manager for the Washingt

The most powerful tornado to hit Washington state in more than 30 years leveled some homes on the Kitsap Peninsula. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office)

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – A rare tornado touched down in western Washington last week, causing devastation and heartache for Port Orchard residents just before the holidays. Now, community members and groups, including Kitsap County credit unions, are pulling together to support those affected.

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island, Wash., is one of more than 400 historic sites preserved by the National Park Service. (Ashlyn Gehrett/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Groups across the country are calling on Congress to address maintenance costs in national parks in order to save some of America's most historic places. While the National Park Service oversees iconic landscapes such as Mount Rainier National Park, it also preserves historic sites

This map shows the areas of Washington state most vulnerable to wildfires, based on both landscape and socioeconomic factors. (University of Washington)

SEATTLE, Wash. – Communities of color face the greatest risk from wildfires, according to a new study. Across the country, 29 million people are vulnerable to the fires' most devastating effects. Researchers at The Nature Conservancy and the University of Washington found socioeconomic facto

The Washington State Medical Association, the state's largest physicians' organization, is supporting the carbon pollution-fee initiative. (Clean Air Clean Energy WA)

SEATTLE — Medical professionals across Washington state say they are supporting the carbon pollution fee ballot initiative not just because it combats climate change but also because it will improve people's health. Initiative 1631 would put a fee on the state's largest polluters, such as oi

There are 74 Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest, their lowest population in nearly three decades. (Candice Emmons/NOAA)

SEATTLE – The Washington state Southern Resident Orca Task Force's recommendations for saving the killer whale population are open for public comment through Sunday. The organization, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, released a long list of potential fixes last week and will review public commen

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