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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

Pacific Ocean | Water | Environment

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.


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.

Politics | Climate change | Energy | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

Sustainability | Environment | News | Agriculture

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.


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.

Energy | Environment

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?

Politics | Recreation | Land | Environment

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.

Water | Recreation | Environment

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.

Climate change | Environment

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.

Water | Environment

King County Releases Findings On Sewage Plant Failure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:55 p.m. | Seattle

On Tuesday, King County released preliminary findings of what went wrong at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Energy | Environment

West Coast Energy Regulators Renew Pledge To Curb Carbon

KUOW/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Seattle

West Coast energy regulators meet in Seattle to renew their pledge to join forces in reducing the region's shared carbon footprint.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Making Sure Salmon Can Cross (Under) The Roads In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 22, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Thousands of road culverts block the way for endangered salmon. That’s why Native American tribes have sued Washington state, which is making fixes to improve fish passage.

Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Air | Environment

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Honey Bees May Be Harmed By Crop-Protecting Fungicides

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Farmers rely on fungicides to prevent those brown spots that can ruin an otherwise perfectly delicious apple. But, it turns out, those fungicides could be hurting honey bees.

Environment | Sustainability | Agriculture

Blue Pancakes? An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2017 1:41 p.m. | Mount Vernon, Washington

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new grain species, which they call Salish Blue. Their goal was to make something that’s like wheat but grows back year after year.

Water | Environment

Navy Targeted By Lawsuit For Aircraft Carrier Hull-Scraping In Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 26, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The Suquamish  Tribe and two environmental organizations have filed the legal paperwork necessary to sue the Navy for what they say are violations of the Clean Water Act.

Science | Environment | Sustainability | Agriculture

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 24, 2017 8:45 p.m. | Mt. Vernon, Washington

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new grain species, which they call Salish Blue. Their goal was to make something that’s like wheat but grows back year after year.

Climate change | Recreation | Environment

Bright Side To Climate Change? More Mild Days In The Northwest

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 17, 2017 10 p.m. | Seattle

New study finds as climate change advances, the Northwesterners will see more ideal weather days in the spring and fall.