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The Planet, Fall 2009



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Publication Date

Fall 2009


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

Editor in Chief

Bettinger, Kaylin


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Anne Maertens; Editors: Oliver Lazenby, Olivia Scalet; Science Editors: Clay L. Bailes, Stephanie Eckard; Designers: Kim Gladow, Brianna Nieman; Photographers: Julie Franz, Erica Roeglin, Heidi Killings, Andriy Semenyuk, Madeline Stevens; Writers: CJ Huxford, Mitch Olsen, Andrea Williamson, Colleen Toomey, Kendall Mercer, Brooke Loisel, Jenny Farrington, Wes Simons

Photography Editor

Emtman, Jeff


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

The Greener Side of the Golden Arches

It may not seem like green fast food, but when compared to other corporations, McDonald’s gets an A grade.

The Cost of Revival

In the age of climate change, some electricity providers are touting nuclear energy as a clean burning alternative.

A Cap for Humanity

A policy being debated by the Senate could be the answer to slowing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Calling the Olympics Bluff

Environmental advocates are criticizing the Vancouver Olympics for the loss of sensitive ecological habitat to a new two-lane highway.

Rethinking Recycling

Pull out a guide to simplify recycling.


With rail ridership lighter than expected, Sound Transit hopes to attract new commuters with the completion of addition rail links.

Algae: The Soapy Killer

Record numbers of seabirds died last summer along Washington’s beaches. It could be a fluke or an indication of something worse to come.

New Movement

Victoria, British Columbia is finally cleaning up its act and constructing a long-needed sewage treatment plant.




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, 2009, Fall

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