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John Ryan


Unalaska, AK, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Fishing boat that sank in orca habitat ran into trouble 24 hours earlier

The fishing boat that sank off San Juan Island in August had run into trouble – apparently running aground – the previous day. → Read More

Swinomish Tribe builds U.S.’s first modern ‘clam garden,' reviving ancient practice

By the time you read this story, what it describes will probably have disappeared beneath the waves. That’s how it was meant to be -- and how it used to be. → Read More

Washington to phase out new gasoline-powered cars by 2035

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state will phase out the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by the year 2035. → Read More

Another heat wave arrives in the Northwest

Much of the Pacific Northwest is under a heat advisory or heat warning through Thursday night. → Read More

‘Incredibly lucky:' endangered orcas dodge diesel spill off San Juan Island

A fishing boat carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel sank off the west side of San Juan Island, spreading an oily sheen for 2 miles in critical habitat for the Northwest’s endangered orcas. Researchers called it “incredibly lucky” that the whales and the diesel apparently never crossed paths. → Read More

Renton neighbors object to storing climate-friendly batteries in their community

Just south of Seattle, a proposal for an industrial-scale energy storage facility has neighbors crying foul. → Read More

Looking for an electric vehicle? Here’s why they’re hard to find in Washington

Automakers have shifted deliveries of the climate-friendly vehicles to states with better incentives for selling clean cars. → Read More

Kelp has protected Samish people for millennia. Now it needs their help

Scuba divers are heading underwater to help rescue one of the most important habitats in Puget Sound. → Read More

Olympic Peninsula glaciers expected to disappear in the next 50 years

Devoting your life to something that is disappearing can be tough. → Read More

New highways headed to Seattle area despite drive to fight climate change

Even as Washington state tries to clamp down on climate-harming pollution, it’s building new highways in its two biggest counties. → Read More

Electric vehicle sales have surged in Washington state. But gas cars still dominate

Sales of electric vehicles are accelerating, even as the climate-friendly cars remain a rarity on Washington roads. → Read More

Washington Gov. Inslee declares European green crab emergency

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has authorized emergency actions to combat an infestation of European green crabs. → Read More

Seattle's 'green' power violates salmon's legal rights, tribe says

It’s one of the more unusual plaintiffs you’ll see in a lawsuit: Tsuladxʷ. That’s the Lushootseed word for salmon. → Read More

Why 2021 was a whale of a year for orca sightings

Last year was a banner year for whale watching in Washington state. That is as long as you weren't looking for the region's resident endangered orcas. → Read More

Sea level on steroids: Record tides flood Washington coastlines

Some of the highest tides ever recorded hit Seattle and much of the Washington coast this week. → Read More

New bus fuel is 'carbon neutral,' Pierce Transit claims. It's not

Tacoma-based Pierce Transit announced in November that it was switching its fleet of natural-gas buses to a different variety of the gas to help the global climate. → Read More


Northwest glaciers are melting. What that means to Indigenous ‘salmon people’

Up and down the I-5 corridor, people noticed something odd when they looked to the east this summer: bare rock where snow and ice should be. → Read More

How one Northwest tribe aims to keep its cool as its glaciers melt

Record-breaking heat took a heavy toll on the Northwest this summer, from beaches to cities to mountaintops. In the Washington Cascades, some glaciers lost an unprecedented 8% to 10% of their ice in a single hot summer. → Read More

Northwest glaciers are melting. What that means to Indigenous ‘salmon people’

Up and down the I-5 corridor, people noticed something odd when they looked to the east this summer. → Read More

Ship that spilled 100+ containers could have ridden out the storm in sheltered waters

The ship that spilled more than 100 shipping containers off the Washington coast was in a holding pattern on the open ocean when it could have ridden out the storm in sheltered waters. → Read More