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Eilis 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

Climate change | local | News | Environment

Activists Protest Puget Sound Energy Plan To Keep Using Coal

About one hundred activists gathered Wednesday to protest Puget Sound Energy’s plan to keep producing electricity from coal until 2035.

local | News | Environment

Washington May Restrict Chemicals Found In Food Wrappers, Firefighting Foam

Washington might soon be the first state to restrict a class of chemicals found in products from hamburger wrappers to firefighting foam.

Science | local | News | Environment

Polluted Stormwater Damages Fish's Ability to Survive

When fish grow up in stormwater instead of clean water, they go out into the world less equipped to survive.


Zinke Ties National Parks Fixes To Oil, Gas Profits On Public Lands

The Interior Department plans to expand energy development on public lands and offshore to pay for the National Parks’ maintenance backlog.


These South Seattle Teens Are Taking On The Nation's Aviation Regulators

Residents of Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood are demanding the federal government do more to address the problem of airplane noise.


250,000 Farmed Salmon Escaped Because Of Company's Neglect: Investigators

On Tuesday, Washington agencies released their investigation into what happened when an Atlantic salmon farm collapsed in the Puget Sound this August.

News | Environment

This Is How Cement Could Be Part Of A Carbon-Friendlier Future

As the Pacific Northwest booms, it’s using a lot of concrete to build buildings, roads, and other infrastructure--and making all that concrete is a big part of our carbon footprint.

News | Environment

Researchers Will Soon Predict the Snowpack Before the Snow Even Falls

NOAA researchers have built a tool that can predict the snowpack eight months ahead of time, before the snow even falls.

News | Environment

Washington DNR Wants More Time to Decide About Logging Unstable Slopes

Washington state public lands commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the legislature for more time to review proposals from timber companies to log potentially unstable slopes.


King Tides Give Us A Glimpse Of The Pacific Northwest's Watery Future

In the winter, king tides give us a glimpse of the future: the homes and infrastructure likely to get flooded during the next few decades.


Money From Carbon Tax Should Go to Rural Communities, Commissioner Says

Washington’s commissioner of public lands is calling on the state legislature to put a price on carbon.


Despite Glimmers of Hope, Starfish Are Still Wasting Away

West Coast starfish are showing signs of recovery in Southern California but they're still suffering in the Pacific Northwest.

Energy | News | Environment

Protesters of Natural Gas Plant at the Port of Tacoma Acquitted

On Thursday, two activists were acquitted of felony charges for protesting a liquefied natural gas plant currently under construction at the Port of Tacoma.

local | News | Environment

EPA Targets 2 Pacific Northwest Superfund Sites for Expedited Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s targeting a former creosote plant in the Seattle suburb of Renton for “immediate attention.”


NASA, Scientists Want Help Measuring The Snow

A team of Northwest scientists and NASA are asking snowshoers, snowmobilers, and skiers in Washington and Oregon to measure snow depth in the backcountry.


In The Future We Might Farm Fish On Land Instead Of In The Sea

This summer's fish escape has anti-fish farm advocates saying it’s better to farm salmon in tanks, on land.


Salmon Escape From Fish Farm Puts Spotlight On The 'Day In, Day Out Impact Of These Things'

  This summer's fish escape has renewed calls for regulating fish farms more intensely — or for taking them out of the water.


Why Pipeline Activists On Trial Say, 'We Had To Do It'

A development in two climate activists' trial could set a new precedent for cases of climate change-related civil disobedience.

News | Environment

Salmon Industry Wants To Prepare For More Acidic Oceans

Carbon emissions are making the oceans more acidic. That’s long been known to harm shellfish, but new research shows more acidic water could take a toll on salmon as well.

Politics | Recreation | Environment

Here's What A $70 Entrance Fee Means For National Parks And Their Visitors

The Interior Department has proposed paying for needed repairs by increasing the entry fees at 17 popular national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic in the Pacific Northwest.