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The Planet, Winter 2015, The 35th Anniversary



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Publication Date

Winter 2015


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

Editor in Chief

Beth Carlson

Photography Editor

Kramer Janers


Dr. Rebekah Green


Western Washington University

Associate Editors, Production Assistants, and Writers

Editors: Ryan Evans, Shelby Rowe, Yvonne Worden; Multimedia Editor: Kramer Janders; Science Editor: Sam Carlos; Designers: Erica Kutz, Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene; Assisting Designer: Nicole Rogers; Web Designer: Keghouhi Bedoyan; Multimedia: Daniella Beccaria, Beatrice Harper, Jesse Nichols; Writers: Karen Chlosta, Elise Dresel, Jonathan Hucke, Marissa Jacobsen, Graham O’Keefe, Nick Peterson, Alyssa Stoller, Ryan Tabb, Rebekah Way, Kate Welch; Photographers: Madeleine Banks, Alex Bartick, Reese Bowen, Katie Sawyer

Table of Contents

A Grizzly Wilderness by Ryan Tabb

Less than two dozen grizzly bears roam the North Cascades, but new efforts may bring the species back.

Toxic Turf by Elise Dresel

A University of Washington soccer coach suspects turf made from recycled tires is causing cancer.

Alcoa Revived by Kate Welch

After a hiatus, Alcoa Intalco Works is smelting aluminum once again.

Trash Talk by Marissa Jacobsen

Roosevelt Landfill in southern Washington is converting trash to energy.

Genetic Timekeeper by Sam Carlos

A plant’s DNA sequence may be used to clock geological events.

Downsized Development by Nick Peterson

Small apartments are causing a big stir among Capitol Hill residents.

Life After Planet by Planet Alumni

Planet alumni tell stories about which they are passionate.

Dam Travesty by Shelby Rowe

A former civil engineer ends his career to advocates for the removal of the lower Snake River dams.

Rotting Away by Kay Molten

A bacterial infection plaguing elk in southwest Washington causes them to limp on bloody stubs.

Silent Forest by Alex Bartick

Hidden in the Hoh Rainforest is one square inch virtually absent of human noise.


Publication at Western Washington University

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

Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology – Washington (State)—Periodicals; Ecology—Washington (State) – Periodicals; Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals and Huxley College of the Environment -- Students --Periodicals.

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University; Huxley College of the Environment.

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies


Bellingham, WA


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