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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

local | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife | Food

This Is What That 'Salmon-Safe' Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

One of the region's biggest farm operations touts its products as certified "salmon safe." Does that matter to consumers deciding which carton of eggs to put in their shopping cart?

Environment

Will The New Farm Bill Be Terrible For Conservation? 6 Things To Know

The Trump administration wants to slash the federal government’s biggest source of funds for conservation on private land.

Science | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

A Fight Over Salmon-Killing Roads Is Now A Supreme Court Case About Native Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether treaties between tribes and the federal government require state taxpayers to dish out billions to dig up roads for salmon.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Washington Grizzly Recovery Gets Backing From Trump's Interior Chief

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's remarks in support of grizzly bear recovery in Washington's North Cascades come three months after his agency had halted just such an effort.

Environment | News | local | Climate change

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.

Environment | News | local

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 | Environment | News | local

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment | News

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.

Environment | News

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.

Environment | News

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment | Energy | News

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.

Environment | News | local

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.”

Environment

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.

Environment

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.