Poor air quality caused by wildfires means fewer days when outdoor activities are practical or even possible. More wildfire-related risks and closures are a consequence of climate change we can expect to see in Washington. This smoky scene, captured on Lake Chelan, took place amid wildfire smoke from British Columbia in 2017. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, file)
Poor air quality caused by wildfires means fewer days when outdoor activities are practical or even possible. More wildfire-related risks and closures are a consequence of climate change we can expect to see in Washington. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, file)
Outdoors

Shorter ski seasons, worsening wildfires: How climate change will hit outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest

In Washington, where outdoor recreation plays an outsize role in local economies and communities, we're likely to feel the impacts of climate change keenly. The fallout will likely reduce our access to the outdoors, alter our ability to take part in longstanding seasonal activities like skiing and fishing, and change the very landscape of our state.  VIEW

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Transportation

Woman struck by car on Aurora Avenue near Green Lake, seriously injured

Seattle police are investigating after a driver struck a woman Monday evening on Aurora Avenue North near Green Lake, seriously injuring her. The collision occurred in the 6700 block of Aurora Avenue North around 5 p.m., according to a statement from the police department. The pedestrian, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious...

Health

As illnesses spread, fake vape gear sells on LA streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off unsuspecting consumers are mimicking popular, legal vape...  VIEW

Science

Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He steers the boat to an unmarked spot...  VIEW