Wild fire smoke, East Rim, Steens Mountain, Oregon

Why We’re Stupid: Another Reason


Researchers in China have meticulously documented a reason for diminished cognition – stupidity – in old men: bad air. Seriously. Air pollution, including the PM 2.5 fine particulates, has been shown to impair cognition, especially in the elderly. We find that long-term exposure to air pollution impedes cognitive performance in verbal and math tests. We…

Smolt to Adult Fish Ratios at Dams Along the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Science, Salmon and the Snake


The Snake is the Snake River, once one of the world’s preeminent salmon streams, famed for its chinook,sockeye and steelhead runs. Now those fish are an endangered species and at the heart of a complex struggle involving fish, water rights, hydroelectricity and, most of all, dam-foolishness. One way to measure the health of an anadromous…

Note the logging truck at the lower right for scale. Photo credit: FightingGoliath.org

The Megaloads: Idaho and Exxon Mobil


Alaska has very good reason to dislike and distrust Exxon Mobil. As it turns out, Idaho has its own bad experience with the world’s largest oil company, too: The Megaloads. In 2010, Exxon Mobil quietly arranged for Korean-manufactured refinery equipment to be barged to Lewiston, Idaho and then trucked along U.S. Highway 12 to the…

Map Credit: National Audubon Society

Ryan Zinke Pisses All Over the Endangered Species Act


The Greater Sage-Grouse is an endangered species. More precisely, the species meets all the requirements for classification as an endangered species, but a painfully negotiated, multi-state agreement was made that protects and attempts to recover the Greater Sage-Grouse to avoid the sometimes Draconian consequences of endangered species classification. You can read the history of that…

Draft Environmental Assessment, p. 28

Why WC Remains an Environmental Activist


WC has never driven spikes in to trees designated for cutting. WC has never monkeywrenched,1 although sorely tempted a few times. But WC has been an environmental activist since high school. One of the lessons of 50 years of environmental activism has been is that you have to watch the government very carefully. The folks…