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Eilís O'Neill


Eilís O'Neill is the EarthFix reporter at KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio in Seattle. Eilís (eye-LEASH)  fell in love with radio as a 14-year-old high school intern at KUOW. Since then, she’s wandered the world recording people’s stories and telling them on the air. She’s worked at KALW in San Francisco and WAMU in D.C.; she’s freelanced for public radio programs such as The World and Marketplace from places such as Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile; and she’s written for The Nation and other magazines.

Eilís has a degree in English and Spanish from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in science, environment and health journalism from Columbia University.

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Recent Articles

News | Environment | Books | Politics

Washington Lawmakers Leave Enviros Feeling Shorted

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:40 p.m.

Washington’s legislative session did not deliver the money environmentalists wanted for toxic cleanup, oil transportation safety, or natural resources.

Forestry | Environment

To Save The Forest, Don't Cut The 1st Tree: Study

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Researchers at Oregon State wanted to know which is worse--chopping down an acre in a forest that’s already been disturbed or in a forest previously untouched by humans. The answer surprised them.

News | Animals | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Science

Study: Orcas Lose Two-Thirds Of Their Pregnancies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 3:19 p.m.

Two-thirds of all detectable orca pregnancies have ended in miscarriages over the past seven years.

News | Environment | Climate change | local | Energy

Study: Climate Change Could Benefit Pacific Northwest Economies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:02 p.m. | Seattle

If the world does nothing to limit carbon emissions, the U.S. economy will suffer — but the Pacific Northwest might actually benefit.

Forestry | News | Environment | local

Study: Slow-Growing Pine Trees Better Withstand Bark Beetles

KUOW/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 3:11 p.m.

Land managers in the West have been struggling to deal with bark beetle outbreaks, but now they can prepare for future outbreaks by changing up what kind of trees they plant.

Environment | Water

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.

Environment | Climate change | Energy

Oregon Climate Activist Convicted For Pipeline Shutdown In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | June 7, 2017 4 p.m. | Seattle

A Skagit County, Washington, jury found climate activist Ken Ward guilty Wednesday of second degree burglary for turning off an oil pipeline.

News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | World | Climate change | Water

Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Environment | Climate change | Energy

'Valve Turner' From Oregon Faces Trial In Washington For Pipeline Protest

KUOW/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 2:41 p.m. | Seattle

An Oregon man is set to be tried Monday in a Western Washington courtroom after for turning off a pipeline that brings Canadian oil into the U.S.

Environment | Water | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

Environment

Enviro Group Aims to Restore the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh River

KUOW/EarthFix | May 12, 2017 11:45 a.m.

The Nature Conservancy has big plans for the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh River.

Environment | Climate change | Politics | Energy

Washington Sues Trump Over Coal Leases On Public Land

KUOW/EarthFix | May 10, 2017 4:40 p.m. | Seattle

Washington has joined three other states to sue the Trump administration over coal leasing on public lands.  

Forestry | Environment

A Disease That's Felled Forests in California and Oregon Shows up in Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | May 5, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Bainbridge Island, Washington

A tree disease that's decimated forests in California has made its way north to western Oregon and Washington.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Not Just A Game: Steelhead, Science, And A Race For Survival

KUOW/EarthFix | April 26, 2017 6:30 p.m.

If you ever wanted to follow a steelhead from the stream it was born in to the open ocean, now you have your chance.

News | Agriculture | Environment | Sustainability

Trees Or Bees: Fruit Growers' Dilemma Over Fungicides That Threaten Pollinators

KUOW/EarthFix | April 9, 2017 11:45 p.m.

Spring is the time for the annual struggle between keeping fruit trees alive and keeping bees alive to pollinate the trees.

Environment

Using Whale Breath To Find Out What's Ailing Orcas

KUOW/EarthFix | April 5, 2017 4:21 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists have a new tool to figure out what’s ailing Puget Sound’s resident orcas. They’re studying whale breath, which is no easy feat.

Environment | Energy

Canada's Oil Pipeline To The Salish Sea: What You Need To Know

EarthFix | March 30, 2017 3:15 p.m.

You’ve heard of Keystone XL. And you know all about Dakota Access. But have you heard of TransMountain, which could soon be the biggest pipeline of them all?

Environment | Land | Politics | Recreation

Trump's Hiring Freeze Could Be Felt By Recreation Seekers On Public Lands

KUOW/EarthFix | March 23, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Public lands agencies are struggling to keep up with demands for rangers, trail maintenance – even toilet paper in outhouses. And the problem could get worse under President Trump’s hiring freeze.

Environment | Water | Recreation

Seattle's Gas Works Park About To Undergo Toxic Cleanup

KUOW/EarthFix | March 20, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Seattle

One of Seattle's most popular parks was built on an industrial site where toxics have yet to be completely removed from the soil.

Environment | Climate change

How Future Superstorms Could Overwhelm Today's Wastewater Infrastructure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 10, 2017 6:10 p.m. | Seattle

Raw sewage dumps aren’t as rare as we’d like to think. And intense rain events -- which climate change will make more common -- could make these spills more necessary without infrastructure upgrades.