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Bellamy Pailthorp

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Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Bellamy:

New protections for Seattle’s trees are inching forward

After losing 255 acres of tree canopy in the last five years, long awaited-amendments to Seattle's tree ordinance have been released. It’s a balancing act between making room for more housing and ensuring that the urban forest thrives. → Read More

Listen: Tacoma pioneer of politics put environmental justice on the map in Washington state

She was the first African American woman elected to the Washington state Senate. And she put environmental equity on the map here. Rosa Franklin of Tacoma.Our environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp brought 'Senator Rosa' into our studios, to learn more as we mark the last day of Black History month this year. → Read More

A pioneering Tacoma politician put environmental justice on the map

Rosa Franklin of Tacoma was the first African American woman elected to the Washington state Senate. And she put environmental equity on the map here. Environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp speaks to "Senator Rosa" into the KNKX studios. → Read More

EPA vetoes Pebble Mine looming over Bristol Bay salmon fishery

The Environmental Protection Agency made a rare move under the Clean Water Act that effectively vetoes the so-called Pebble Mine in Alaska. The proposed mine would take gold and copper from open pits near Bristol Bay. It's 1500 miles away, but its salmon fishery has made it hugely important to many people in the Puget Sound region. → Read More

WA grapples with seals, sea lions preying on endangered salmon

A new state report prepared for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends selective killing of seals and sea lions, to learn more about the impact they have on endangered salmon runs. → Read More

New state study fuels renewed efforts to ban toxic chemicals from cosmetics in Washington

A new report from the Washington State Department of Ecology found formaldehyde, lead and arsenic in a study of products marketed to people of color. The findings are fueling renewed efforts to ban a list of hazardous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care items sold in Washington. → Read More

Living with a gas stove? Tips for minimizing health risks

Federal officials are considering a ban on gas stoves in 2023 because of risks to the climate and to human health. State regulations and some cities are also looking to phase them out. But replacing a gas stove is still a heavy lift for many people. Here are some things you can do if you live with one. → Read More

In Tacoma, growing the urban tree canopy is a community effort

More than a decade ago, Tacoma set an ambitious goal to increase its tree canopy and do so equitably but so far, its been a slow start. At Tacoma Tree Foundation's annual Branch Out event, community partners distributed and planted almost 500 trees. Homeowners, city leaders and volunteers described growing momentum through this kind of community outreach. → Read More

Pioneering whale researcher and advocate Ken Balcomb has died

A ‘Godfather’ of whale watching and conservation has died. Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research was 82. Balcomb kept track of the population of southern resident orcas starting in 1976. → Read More

Cooke Aquaculture files suit over terminated net pen leases in WA

Cooke Aquaculture has filed an appeal in Thurston County Superior Court against Washington’s decision to terminate its leases for fin fish net pens in state waters. In court documents, the company says the decision was arbitrary, politically motivated and contrary to science. → Read More

Port Townsend recognizes legal rights of southern resident orcas

A growing legal movement seeks to recognize the rights of nature. Activists in the Northwest are celebrating a first here: the city of Port Townsend, Washington, this week recognized the inherent rights of southern resident orcas. → Read More

Washington tribe tests its rights to commercial net pen fish farming

An executive order from a Washington state agency earlier this month aims to end commercial net pen fish farming in public waters. Cooke Aquaculture is being forced to shut down its operations, but it has a key partner in its fight to remain. The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is forging ahead with its net pen aquaculture plans, testing a carve-out clause in the order. → Read More

EPA reinstates water quality standards based on how much fish people eat

Washington is getting tougher on water pollution. The standard for water quality, based on how much fish people eat, is again more stringent. KNKX environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp has the story. → Read More

Washington ends commercial net pen fish farming in state waters

Washington state's Department of Natural Resources will ban commercial net pen fish farming in Washington waters, following an executive order announced Friday. The move comes in the same week that the agency opted not to renew the last two remaining leases held by Cooke Aquaculture in Puget Sound. → Read More

What motivated these Snohomish County residents to vote in-person

Despite lost ballots or address changes, these eight Snohomish County voters felt it was still important to go vote in-person. Many, but not all, said concern for abortion rights was what motivated them to stand in line. → Read More

Capitol Lake will revert to an estuary, but it will take a decade

Olympia’s Capitol Lake will revert to an estuary. That’s the expectation now that the state has released its final environmental impact statement. It says a return to tidal mudflats is the only way to meet state water quality standards. → Read More

Seals and sea lions vex Washington tribes as Marine Mammal Protection Act turns 50

50 years ago, President Nixon signed the Marine Mammal Protection Act into law. The act has been hugely successful in restoring the abundance of the marine species it protects. But Washington tribes say their treaty rights to fishing are now under threat because too many seals and sea lions are feasting on endangered salmon. → Read More

VP Harris announces electric school bus grants in Seattle

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Seattle on Wednesday highlighting Biden-administration programs to provide cleaner and greener infrastructure for public schools. A centerpiece of that is a $5 billion dollar, five year plan focused on school buses. → Read More

West Coast gray whale population continues to decline but scientists remain cautiously optimistic

U.S. researchers say the number of gray whales off western North America has continued to fall over the last two years, a decline that resembles previous population swings over the past several decades. → Read More

Can blockchain help King County's urban carbon credits go further?

In June, King County made headlines when three parcels of land got the highest prices ever for carbon credits generated by urban forests. KNKX Environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp visited one of the forests, to understand the connection between these local trees and blockchain technology. → Read More