What do you do when a country has officially declared your people extinct? One descendant of the Sinixt tribe went on an illegal elk hunt.
You can't make beer without hops, but climate change is threatening the future of the crop in a place that grows a quarter of all the world's supply — Washington state. That's got growers and brewers there and around the world scrambling to make changes to improve the resilience and sustainability of their industry.
Undersea noise levels are increasing in the Pacific Northwest, as thousands of freighters, ferries and other vessels motor up and down the coast. Some new research details how all that noise might make life harder for endangered marine mammals.
Wildlife trafficking is a global problem and the US is not immune. In the Pacific Northwest, a small law enforcement and judicial team polices Washington and Oregon for wildlife infractions, but limited resources, budget woes and loose laws allow poachers to evade penalties.
Canada has a unique program that allows local residents to sponsor the resettlement of a refugee family. This group in Nelson, British Columbia, is all set — except for one thing.
The Pentagon announced that is has lifted its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. That's big news for this transgender captain.
The Blue Mountains in Washington State are home to some rare wildflowers and grasses, but invasive plant species are threatening to take over this delicate ecosystem.
Most caviar comes from the Caspian Sea, but the decline of sturgeon there is driving fishermen and poachers to fish populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River. Wildlife managers have resorted to patrolling along the shorelines, looking for signs of illegally caught sturgeon. They've even gone undercover to meet with poachers.
Glaciers are key contributors to drinking water supplies, hydropower generation and salmon survival in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists aren’t sure exactly when the glaciers will disappear. It could be within a few decades. It has been 4,000 years since the glaciers have receded this much.
President Obama has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, but activists and politicians in Seattle are throwing up as many stop signs as they can as the drilling rig preps there for its journey north. It's the latest flashpoint in the growing international anti-fossil fuel movement.
The waters of the Pacific Northwest are busy and noisy, which is bad news for orcas. The endangered whales are having to "yell" to make their calls heard over all the marine traffic, which means more energy used, more food needed and even more stress on the orca population.