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Public News Service - WA: Sustainable Agriculture

Warmer winters in the Northwest due to climate change could mean more damage from species such as pine beetle. (Don Becker/U.S. Geological Survey)

SEATTLE – Many of the effects of climate change scientists did not expect to happen for decades into the future are happening now. According to a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that every ecosystem on Earth is being impacted by a warming globe, from the genetic level up.

The Oso landslide in 2014 killed 43 people in northwest Washington. (Jonathan Godt/USGS)

SEATTLE – The Oso landslide tragedy killed 43 people more than two-and-a-half years ago, but the cause of that landslide has never been cleared up. David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, said there's no evidence logging played a role in the slide, althou

A new study says 63 percent of Washington's agricultural workers are immigrants. (Mahalie Stackpole/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Immigrants are playing crucial roles in Washington State's economy, according to a new study. The Partnership for a New American Economy report shows the state's immigrant population of nearly one-million is vital to the agricultural and technology sectors. For instance, 45 percent of sof

Organically-raised cattle produce meat with more omega-3 fatty acids, a compound linked to lowered risks of cardiovascular disease. (wiselywoven/morguefile)

SEATTLE - Researchers who analyzed multiple studies from around the world have concluded organic production of dairy products and meat provides more nutrients for diners. The findings, in the British Journal of Nutrition, says organic meat and dairy has 50 percent more omega-three fatty acids, wh

The Solar Industry is watching a bill being considered by the Washington House that would extend tax incentives. (Jason Williams/Artisan Electric Inc.)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A tax incentives program the solar industry considers crucial is up for renewal in Olympia; it's expected to be in front of the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development this week. The incentives started 10 years ago, and Patrick Nugent, administrative coordinator for

Public mass transit jobs are among the fastest growing in Washington, according to a new report on clean economy job growth. Credit: SounderBruce/King Co. Metro Transit on Flickr

SEATTLE - As Gov. Jay Inslee heads to Paris for the global climate conference known as COP 21, he'll have something to brag about in a new report. The "clean economy" has grown 9.7 percent and created a little more than 8,200 jobs in Washington in the last five years, according to new research from

PHOTO: It can be a tough row to hoe for new and beginning farmers, but the state is working to assist them with outreach opportunities, like this poultry workshop in Whatcom County and an expanded Farm Internship Program. Photo courtesy Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is looking for a few good farmers, willing to also be good teachers. After a successful pilot program in two counties, Washington's Farm Internship Project expands in July to 16 counties. Patrice Barrentine, education and outreach coordinator with the Washi

PHOTO: Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, near Carnation, Wash. Photo courtesy Erick Haakenson.

CARNATION, Wash. – More than half the farmland in the Puget Sound area has been developed for other purposes since 1950 - and King County is trying a new approach to preserve what's left. This month, the county and the PCC Farmland Trust announced an agreement to work toward keeping future dev

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