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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

Flora and Fauna | Fish & Wildlife | Science | Water | Recreation | Land use | Environment

Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017 11:43 a.m. | Morton, Washington

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

Air | Environment

People Of Color Are Living With More Polluted Air Than Whites Are

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 3:38 p.m. | Seattle

At every income level, people of color are still exposed to more air pollution than white people, a study from the University of Washington finds.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Where Have The West’s Monarch Butterflies Gone?

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 7, 2017 3:30 p.m.

New research shows western monarchs are disappearing even faster than their eastern cousins.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington’s Fish Farms Are Governed By Decades-Old Guidelines

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The guidelines have been on the books since 1986. Critics of fish farming in Puget Sound say last month's farmed salmon escape underscores the need for better standards and enforcement.

Land use | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Land | Food

Tribe's Huckleberry Harvest Brings Fire (or Something Like It) Back to the Forest

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Washington's Tulalip Tribe is working with the Forest Service to recreate open patches in the forest.

Science | Environment

Study: Probiotics Can Help Trees Clean Up Toxic Waste

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 3:17 p.m.

Humans like their yogurt and new research indicates the trees that clean up toxic waste stand to benefit from probiotics too.

Technology | News | Environment | Recreation

Will Cellphones Upset The Solitude Of Mount Rainier?

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Mount Rainier National Park

Soon, there could be cell service at Mount Rainier National Park.

Air | Nation | News | Environment

Wildfire Smoke From Canada Expected To Keep On Coming Into Washington And Oregon

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Forecasts predict smoke will keep coming and continue to blanket Washington and Oregon throughout the weekend.

Transportation | Environment | Recreation

New Bus Gives Hikers a New Way to Get Outside

KUOW/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Seattle

Starting this week, it will be easier for Seattle-area hikers to get to the woods on public transportation.

News | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Science | Forestry

Sword Fern Mystery: Acres Of Dead Forest Plants Puzzle Scientists

KUOW/EarthFix | July 27, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Seattle

Sword ferns have been dying in huge numbers in forests around Puget Sound. The problem is spreading and scientists are scrambling to figure out what’s killing the centuries-old plants.

Politics | News | Environment | Books

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.

Environment | Forestry

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.

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

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.

local | Environment | News | Climate change | 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.

local | News | Environment | Forestry

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.

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

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.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Water

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.