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The Planet, Winter 2012



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Publication Date

Winter 2012


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

Editor in Chief

Tachihara, Becky


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Editors: Liza Weeks, Alex Bacon, Mary Shoup; Science Editor: Susannah Edwards; Multimedia Editor: Taylor Russell; Layout Designers: Susan Good, Sarah Morris; Web Designer: Matt Mehi; Photographers: Elizabeth Ransom, Alecia Gaussoin, Tait Trautman, Brooke Warren; Writers: Kyler Barton, Yanrong Pang, Kirsten Miller, Nika Slade, Jason Austin, Raechel Youngberg, Alex Rumbolz, James Rogers, Femi Abebefe

Photography Editor

Dougherty, Crista

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Outside the Xbox

Camp Terra is one of several outdoor schools in Western Washington helping to battle Nature Deficit Disorder.

Winds of Controversy

Debate continues in Whatcom County about a moratorium on industrial wind power.

What’s in the Bag

Bellingham will initiate an ordinance in July 2012 that will ban distribution of single-use plastic bags, but the long-term impacts remain unknown.

The Locavore’s Dilemma

Growing Washington partners with local restaurants and farmers to make local produce more widely available.

Sea of Cascades

Sea otters are a good indicator of the ‘cascading’ effects one predator can have on its ecosystem when its food source runs out.

Gambling with Resources

The communities around Bristol Bay dispute about whether or not a copper mine and a fishery can coexist.

Stone Lace

The debate over the origin of the honeycomb weathering that began in the time of Charles Darwin continues today.

Of Ice and Oil

The Obama Administration has cleared Shell Oil Co. to drill in the Chukchi Sea off of the north coast of Alaska, but questions of oil spill response still remain.




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, 2012, Winter

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