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The Planet, Winter 2016, The Resilience Issue



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Publication Date

Winter 2016


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

Editor in Chief

Worden, Yvonne


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Kate Welch; Editors: Bailey Cheney, Rebekah Way; Multimedia Editor: Jesse Nichols; Science and Infographic Editor: Sam Carlos; Designers: Nathalie Cushing, Sombath Chum; Assisting Designers: Alicia Terry, Brandon Korvas; Social Media: Brianna Stoutenburgh, Radio Coordinator: Rebekah Way, Multimedia: Jared Rusk, Randee Matthews; Writers: Simon Bakke, Kamea Black, Sam Chanen, Tyler Cohen, Monet Curnutt, Morgan Doyscher, Erik Faburrieta, Sara Fontenot, Maddie Gavigan Martin, MacKenzie Junor, Evan Keen; Photographers: Simon Bakke, Sarah Climaco, ErynDae Thorvaldsen

Photography Editor

Nichols, Jesse


Cornwall, Warren

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Hidden World by Tyler Cohen

Microbes feeding off toxic chemical soup from underwater volcanoes and deep sea hydrothermal vents may provide the key to the Earth’s past, present and future.

Seeds of Change by Kameo Black

A Bellingham, Washington woman hopes to help bring the millennium-old tradition of saving seeds to Whatcom County, despite legal barriers.

Picking up the Pieces by Morgan Doyscher

The Senate passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 with a unanimous vote, but scientists say the legislation addresses only a small part of plastic pollution.

Bracing for Change by Sarah Climaco & Evan Keen

Residents of Taholah, Washington and members of the Quinault Indian Nation confront floods and rising sea levels. Now they must relocate the town or risk losing their homes to climate change.

Roots of Recovery by Simon Bakke

After three deployments in the Middle East, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Western Washington University alumnus turns to organic farming to heal from the scars of war.

Chipped and Compacted by Sam Chanen

Cornwall Park in Bellingham, Washington, is a popular place to play disc golf but the sport may be causing unintentional damage to the natural landscape.

Mystery Malady by Monet Curnutt & Rebekah Way

Scientists are investigating the causes of sea star wasting disease and whether or not several species can make a comeback.

Power of Paris by Maddie Gavigan Martin

Our Planet correspondent reflects on her time at the U.N. COP21 Climate Conference in Paris.

Stuck in Orbit by Erik Faburrieta

Years after humankind’s initial ventures into space, our entryway into the final frontier is littered with debris that may make future space travel dangerous and difficult.




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, 2016, Winter

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