A valley of untouched forestland drains into the headwaters of the Skagit River in Canada. Recent logging in this “donut hole” area, surrounded by protected parkland, alarmed officials in Seattle, which has a conservation agreement with British Columbia. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
A valley of untouched forestland drains into the headwaters of the Skagit River in Canada. Recent logging in this “donut hole” area, surrounded by protected parkland, alarmed officials in Seattle, which has a conservation agreement with British Columbia. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Environment

Logging in Upper Skagit River watershed put on hold as Seattle has ‘grave concern’

Conservationists fear recent logging at the Canadian headwaters of the Skagit River, the premier salmon producer of Puget Sound, will open the door to mining down the road.

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Science

Study: Climate models underestimate permafrost emissions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new study suggests global climate projections have drastically underestimated carbon emissions from thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Alaska's Energy Desk reports the study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications has found that permafrost emissions could be more than double what has been projected because of the methane from thermokarst...