Courtney Flatt, knkx public radio

Courtney Flatt

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Richland, WA, United States

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Past articles by Courtney:

Advocacy group files complaint against WSU for animal deaths

An animal advocacy group alleges researchers could have prevented animal deaths at Washington State University. But, university officials say the complaint is exaggerated. → Read More

North Cascades grizzlies could gain habitat as the climate warms

For grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades, climate change could open up more habitat, according to a new study. → Read More

WA Dept. of Natural Resources pushes bill to sell carbon credits

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says one thing is missing from the state’s climate policies. Recent laws don’t allow the state agency to sell carbon credits. Department officials are pushing legislation that would change that law. → Read More

AI helps scientists better understand wildfire emissions

Artificial intelligence is helping scientists better understand wildfire emissions in the Northwest. → Read More

Washington bill would restrict nighttime lights on wind turbines

One Tri-Cities lawmaker wants to restrict nighttime airplane warning lights on new and old wind turbines. → Read More

No bones about it: Students seek a Washington state dinosaur designation

If Washington students get their way, the state soon will have an official dinosaur. → Read More

No-till farming, cover crops reduce greenhouse gasses but cost growers at the start, study finds

Reducing carbon emissions caused by agriculture in Eastern Washington could cost growers. At least at the start. → Read More

State agency says Goldendale energy project would significantly harm tribal cultural resources

A proposed pumped storage project near Goldendale in south central Washington is one step closer to starting up construction, after the state releases its final environmental impact statement. → Read More

Whitebark pines added to endangered species list

The federal government announced Wednesday it’s designating whitebark pine trees – the ‘quintessential wilderness tree’ – as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. → Read More

Moose spotted for the first time in Mount Rainier National Park

For the first time, a moose has been captured on camera in Mount Rainier National Park. According to the National Parks Service, the sighting is also the first documentation of a moose in southwest Washington. → Read More

This quintet's music captures the pressures of climate change

A chamber jazz quintet from Seattle recently took its concert featuring music about climate change on the road. The musicians say they hope their music will help people discover climate change solutions. → Read More

Many states fail to adequately budget for wildfire costs, study says

As wildfires grow, so do the costs for fighting those fires. But many states are failing to adequately budget for wildfire costs, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. → Read More

Studies show prescribed burns key to forest resiliency

Scientists are studying old wildfires to find what forest treatments slowed the flames – and what treatments didn’t work so well. Researchers are looking closely at the Schneider Springs fire, the largest wildfire in Washington in 2021. → Read More

Ballot drop box observers seen monitoring voters in the Tri-Cities

Voters in the Tri-Cities area have noticed vehicles sitting in parking lots near ballot drop boxes. → Read More

Drones could help researchers count salmon nests

Searching where salmon lay eggs is getting a boost from some eyes in the sky. Researchers are testing drones to survey for salmon nests. → Read More

North America's tiniest butterfly spotted in SE Washington

Rare sightings of a tiny butterfly, smaller than a thumbnail, have sprung up all over southeastern Washington. People are spotting these butterflies in some unusual places. → Read More

It’s not snowflakes, it’s aphids flying about parts of the Northwest

No, that’s not snowflakes you’re seeing on these sunny fall afternoons. Those flakes are clouds of aphids flying around the Northwest. → Read More

Officials confirm 6 wolf poisonings in NE Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help to find who poisoned six wolves in northeastern Washington. → Read More

Washington’s fire season the mildest in a decade

This year’s fire season has been the mildest year for Washington in a decade. But, the season isn’t over yet. → Read More

Salmon advocates ask to include healthy ecosystems in Columbia River Treaty

The United States and Canada will renegotiate how to handle flood control and hydropower on the Columbia River. However, salmon advocates also want negotiators to consider the health of the Columbia River ecosystem. → Read More