A Call to Arms, EarthFix Podcast, Hunted Octopi, and Fizzling Gas Oversight

Some post-election day Nooze for you!  And we won't mention the election at all - except to say that whatever party you prefer, whether you're conservative or liberal, right or left, I think there's one thing that everyone in this nation can agree on this morning:  Thank goodness the campaign season is over! Back to business. First, from Peter Thomson with PRI's The World, a look at journalists' obligation to talk about climate change:

A Journalist's Call to Arms on Climate Change

“At the end of the day… a journalist’s ultimate responsibility is to the public. And yet, by that measure, you are failing. You are failing to treat the greatest crisis we’ve ever faced like the crisis that it is. Why?”

For all of this seemingly interminable campaign season, it was the elephant in the room, the huge issue that no one—not the candidates and in large part not the media—was talking about. Until suddenly, catastrophically, it thrust itself into the campaign in a way that could even alter the outcome... Read more.

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A new podcast from the good folks at EarthFix! Check out the relationship between mining and an invasive wildflower, decreasing air pollution emissions at Northwestern ports, climate change and salmon, hunting on the ballot in Idaho and more!

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Lynda Mapes with The Seattle Times reports on an octopus hunt that has raised ire in the Northwest:

Octopus kill at Cove 2 dive spot in Alki sparks outrage

The killing of a giant pacific octopus at Cove 2 in Alki has sparked outrage in the local diving community and beyond about whether it should be legal to hunt the charismatic animals at the popular dive location -- or at all.

Craig Bartlett, spokesman for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's legal to hunt the animals, and that the fisherman involved, a 19-year-old and his friend, had a valid shellfish license when he captured the octopus at about 4:45 p.m. on Halloween.

Outrage over the incident has sparked the department to look into whether fishing regulations that allow hunting octopus should be changed. "This incident has compelled us to look into this, to see if this practice should be allowed," Bartlett said. "There are a lot of ethical issues involved with fishing and hunting. It isn't just a biological decision we make here. It's also about what society will tolerate."... Read more.

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And Sarah Gilman with High Country News weighs in on the efficacy of citizen oversight in the world of natural gas development:

Citizen oversight fizzles in Wyoming gas patch

The Pinedale Anticline gas field is a striking spot to visit. Even with the West-wide drilling slowdown caused by a recent bottoming out of natural gas prices, the place was hopping one hot evening last July as I explored its confusing web of roads during a reporting trip. Everywhere I looked, there seemed to be another drill rig humming away. Semis roared past, spitting gravel. Roughnecks in big diesel pickups threw curious glances my way as I trained a camera on this or that – a pronghorn settled next to a sign warning of exposure to carcinogenic emissions, the distant Wind River Range seen through a warren of pipes and valves. The Anticline is public land, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but I felt like a trespasser... Read more