Samantha Larson, Crosscut

Samantha Larson


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

The impermanence of wonder and whales

A lifelong visitor to the San Juan Islands reflects on the southern resident orcas, changing ecosystems and the passage of time. → Read More

The impermanence of wonder and whales —

A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca. → Read More

Robot cars: panacea or plague?

The robot cars are coming, like it or not. And local researchers say Seattle better be prepared. From BMW to Ford, car companies say they aim to introduce fully automated cars in only a few years. More conservative prognosticators say … Continue reading → → Read More

Could data solve Seattle’s biggest problems?

Dreary winter weather, left-leaning politics, a tech-focused economy: These are all things Seattle and Vancouver (the one in B.C.) have in common. Sure, Seattle may have better coffee, and Vancouver definitely has better public transit, but on many other fronts, … Continue reading → → Read More

A Northwest medical mystery — and the hunt for answers

It’s a mystery that has vexed medical researchers for years: Why some people’s immune systems misfire, attacking their own bodies. This type of misfire is at the root of maladies as diverse as rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes and multiple … Continue reading → → Read More

State unveils new rules to combat climate change

Between record-setting temperatures, shrinking snowpack, rampant wildfires, and acidifying waters, the threats of carbon pollution have become increasingly conspicuous since 2008, when the Washington State Legislature set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The goal was to return to 1990 … Continue reading → → Read More


Is Washington Ready For The Next Big Oil Spill?

Is Washington ready for the next big one? That’s the question the state Department of Ecology had in mind at the first-of-its-kind “worst-case” oil spill drill in Puget Sound. → Read More

What is so great about whales? This scientist says it’s their poop

Asha de Vos studies how the blue whales of Sri Lanka, threatened by a booming shipping industry, help feed an ecosystem from the bottom up. → Read More

This surfer is committed to saving sharks — even though he lost his leg to one of them

Mike Coots lost his leg in a shark attack. Then he joined the group Shark Attack Survivors for Shark Conservation, and started fighting to save SHARKS from US. → Read More

What seafood is OK to eat, anyway? Ask an expert

When it comes to sustainable seafood, you could say director of Seafood Watch Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly is the ultimate arbiter of taste. → Read More

What’s there to see at the bottom of the ocean? More than you’d think

We know more about the moon than the deep sea. National Geographic explorer David Gruber wants to change that. → Read More

He's young, green, Latino, openly gay -- and the mayor of Long Beach

Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, talks cars, the port, and why green is second nature for him. → Read More

Meet a climate marcher

Couldn't make the People's Climate March? Meet a few who did -- and learn what they were fighting for. → Read More

Hacker houses offer shared living for the young, green, and tech-obsessed

Forget the commune: Across the country, new kinds of co-living spaces are trying to disrupt economies and transform city life. → Read More

This woman has spent almost a year underwater. Here's why she's your new hero

Star scientist Sylvia Earle dives deep in a splashy new Netflix doc about oceans. → Read More

Fracking operations get even closer to drinking water sources than we thought

A new study reports that oil and gas companies frack at much shallower depths than they want you to know -- and much closer to water you might want to drink some day. → Read More

America's favorite nut is bad for water, good for cows

U.S. almond demand has grown by more than 220 percent since 2005. → Read More

The U.S. firefighting budget is almost gone, but the forests are still burning

We're throwing so much money at fighting wildfires, there will be little left over for prevention. → Read More

Don't worry, Californians can paint their dead lawns green

Now that Californians can get fined $500-a-day for overwatering their lawns, businesses that paint lawns green are expanding. → Read More

We've dug so many tunnels, future historians will think we were mole people

Tunnels, mines, and boreholes will permanently scar the Earth -- and could be a marker of the Anthropocene. → Read More