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The Planet, Fall 2019, The Disaster Issue



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Publication Date

Fall 2019


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

Editor in Chief

Dietzel, Emily


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Emily McLaughlin; Editors: Olivia Marsh, Schuyler Shelloner, Madeleine Jeffers; Multimedia Editor: Alex Meacham; Science Editor: Joshua Diaz; Designers: Nick Pinkham, Willow Cook, Robin Goodwin; Writers: Haydyn Wagner, Grace McCarthy, Maddie Smith, Allyse Sullivan, Melissa Browning, Samantha Baxley, Emily Hill, Jordan Burrell, Zach Griffin; Photographers: Clay Dinehart, Sadie Sullivan, Jason James, Rachel Alexander.

Photography Editor

Emily Porter


Warren Cornwall

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Hide and Seek

From large-scale disasters to missing persons cases, the Gerstmans and their trusty four-legged companions, Natick and Oso, retrieve the lost, as part of the King County Search Dogs Unit.

People of the Inlet

With the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion approved by the Canadian government, the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, British Columbia faces serious ecological risks. Inlet residents Cedar George-Parker and his nation, the Tsleil-Waututh, are fighting back.

Liquid Land

As the commercialization of the Bellingham waterfront continues, developers must take extra precautions due to the area’s unique hazards.

Awakening Activity

Looming over Bellingham’s landscape sits a unique geological threat: Mount Baker. It hasn’t erupted for over 6000 years, but recent rumblings within are inspiring geologists and emergency managers to take action.

The Guillotine of Extinction

As human development spurs the disappearance of species at alarming rates, research suggests the planet is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction.

Fleeing the Floodplain

Caught in the crossfire between frequent flooding and the challenges posed by relocation, the small town of Hamilton, Washington must decide whether to endure, or head for higher ground.

The Land that Walks

Just five years after the ground fell out from under the community of Oso, Washington, residents are making tremendous strides in recovering from the most fatal landslide in U.S. history.

Hamming It Up

When disaster strikes and communications fail, HAM radio operators like Richard Rodriguez are vital to emergency response.

Trash Tragedy

With the world’s largest buyer of recyclables cutting down on contaminated imports, David Campbell and other American recyclers like him are struggling to stay in business and reduce the overwhelming influx of materials to landfills.




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

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University; Huxley College of the Environment.


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