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The Planet, Spring 2016, The Politics Issue



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Publication Date

Spring 2016


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

Editor in Chief

Jesse Nichols


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Jesse Nichols; Managing Editor and Cartographer: Kate Welch; Editors: Simon Bakke, Bailey Cheney, Rebekah Way; Science and Infographic Editor: Sam Carlos: Multimedia Editor: Jared Rusk; Designers: Nathalie Cushing, Sombath Chum; Assisting Designers: Alicia Terry, Brandon Korvas; Radio Coordinator: Rebekah Way; Web Designer: Bjorn Harlson; Writers: Shauna Barrows, Katy Cossette, Monet Curnutt, Robert Dudzik, Kenji Guttorp, Bailey Jo Josie, Frederica Kolwey, Anjali LeGrand, Trisha Patterson, Hunter Philip, Michaela Vue; Photographers: Caleb Albright, Katy Cossette, Robert Dudzik, Jessie Raetz, ErynDae Thorvaldsen

Photography Editor

Keely Killebrew


Warren Cornwall

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Unnoticed Indicator by Shauna Barrows

Community organizations push for policy changes after scientists used urban moss samples to pinpoint sources of heavy metal air pollution in Portland, Oregon.

Cleaner Catch by Michaela Vue

Environmental groups sue the Environmental Protection for failing to regulate water pollution to adequately protect people who consume large amounts of fish.

Urban Jungle by Katy Cossette

A 60-hectare homeless encampment beneath Interstate 5 leaves Seattle scrambling to address its homelessness crisis.

Warning: Warming by Anjali LeGrand

A high school senior leads a campaign to put climate change warning labels on gas pumps in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Equine Equality by Bailey Jo Josie

Former Seattle Seahawks football player Joe Tafoya fights to put an initiative on Washington's November 2016 ballot banning the trafficking of horses for meat.

How to Build a Trail by Robert Dudzik

Decades after its inception, trail workers are still developing a safe route for the 1,900-kilometer Pacific Northwest Trail.

Cost of Carbon by Kenji Guttorp & Planet Editorial Staff

An initiative on the November 2016 ballot could make Washington the first state to put a direct price on carbon emissions.

High Risk by Trisha Patterson

Pot industries grapple with pesticide safety in the legal limbo between state and federal regulations.

Defending the Duwamish by Frederica Kolwey

Seattle sues Monsanto over PCB contamination in the Duwamish River.




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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