Washington State Magazine

Category: Environmental studies

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The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States
Fall 2012
Contemplate the founding of the United States, a budding democracy carved out of a vast and unknown (to everyone other than its original inhabitants) wilderness. At some point, one might find oneself unable to extricate American history from Na...
Categories: History, Environmental studies
Tags: Ecology, Environmentalists, Conservation

Finding the River
Fall 2012
In 1992, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Elwha Act, which called for the removal of two hydroelectric dams from the 45-mile river that flows from Washington’s Olympic Range to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Over the past year, th...
Categories: History, Environmental studies
Tags: Dams, Fish

The Rising Sea
Winter 2009
The island nations of Tuvalu and the Maldives, the Inupiat Eskimo village of Shishmaref, and Soldado Island off the Colombian coast might be tough to find on a geography quiz. But all of these locations foretell a future of oceans overwhelming co...
Categories: Environmental studies
Tags: Climate change, Ocean

America's Nuclear Wastelands: Politics, Accountability, and Cleanup
Fall 2009
When engineers, physicists, and other scientists began making materials for nuclear bombs, the Manhattan Project sites around the country including Hanford, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge were wrapped in World War II and Cold War secrecy. The processes...
Categories: Public affairs, Environmental studies
Tags: Nuclear waste

Plowed Under: Agriculture and Environment in the Palouse
Summer 2009
This is an important and disturbing book, both for the environmental degradation it documents and the message of what little progress our agricultural practices on the Palouse have made. In a sense, the precursor of Plowed Under was a series ...
Categories: Agriculture, Environmental studies
Tags: Soil, Erosion

Flames in Our Forest: Disaster or Renewal?
Fall 2003
Forest fires have been much in the news. Beginning with the Yellowstone fires in 1988, the West has lived through a series of intense fire years. In 2000, the federal government spent nearly $1.6 billion fighting fires. But over the same period there...
Categories: Public affairs, Environmental studies
Tags: Forest fires

Mimicking Nature's Fire: Restoring Fire-Prone Forests in the West
Winter 2006
Forest health has been much in the news. It is a powerful metaphor—but one of uncertain and ambiguous content. Congress has used it to avoid environmental assessments of logging; opponents of logging have often portrayed it as a smokescreen. Mi...
Categories: Environmental studies
Tags: Forest fires, Natural Resources

Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility
Summer 2008
Readers wishing to stay current on one of today's most important public policy issues—the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energies—would do well to pick up a copy of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibil...
Categories: Political science, Environmental studies
Tags: Alternative energy