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The Planet, Spring 2008



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Publication Date

Spring 2008


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Page A. Buono


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Devon D. Fredericksen; Associate Editors: Samuel T. McNeil, Emily L. McMahon; Science Editor: Sylvia Graham; Assistant Editors: Emily Linroth, Jenny Lara,Yuki Nakajima; Lead Designer: Caitlin Weber; Designer: Anna Locke; Web Designer: Ryan Scott; Photographers: Mike Funston, Jane Gershovich, Kevin McMillon, Elizabeth Olwin; Reporters: Peter Jensen, Celia Jackson, Jessie Knudsen, Casey Gainor, Kelly Lemons, Moira Hurley, Keeli Archer, Robin O’Neill, Luke Widtfeldt, Sido De Cassis, Jessie Princevalle, Scott Shumway

Photography Editor

Linder, Todd


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

Tapping a Better Brew

To reduce their environmental impact, breweries are taking steps to preserve the natural world the industry relies on.

It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Al Manners

Al Manners received the Environmental Heroes Award for Lifetime Achievement on April 19, 2008. The award was in recognition of decades of dedication to learning and teaching about the environment.

Fueling Food Prices

As recent prices hike for basic crops used in everything from bagels to corn flakes, biofuel’s promise as a future energy source is questioned.

Earthly Innovations

Biomimicry, the strategic use of nature as an inspiration for design, has Nike, Boeing, NASA and others looking to nature as a muse for products of the future.

Bunnies on the Brink

Tireless efforts have created hope for what might just be the cutest animal on the endangered species list, the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.

Fighting Currents

After the Bush administration released its latest plan on how to operate dams on the Columbia River, efforts to save endangered populations of wild salmon and steelhead reached a critical tipping point.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Bottles, nets, toy soldiers, bags and almost any plastic product you can imagine are floating in the sea. Ocean currents bring trash into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now estimated twice the size of Texas and growing.

Red, White & Green?

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain all agree that something must be done to tackle global warming, energy use, and other major environmental issues. But who can lead America to the greenest future? A comparison of their environmental platforms shows significant differences.

The Skinny on Galbraith

An uncommon relationship between a local corporation and a non-profit group of mountain bikers makes Galbraith mountain a unique recreational destination.

A Fate Worse Than Salt

Generally considered resilient creatures, one thing Pacific Northwest mollusks can’t slime through is their future extinction.

Garden Patch Kids

How one school district incorporates playing in the dirt into a curriculum that will help students grow healthy eating habits.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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The Planet, 2008, Spring

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