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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Washington might soon be the first state to restrict a class of chemicals found in products from hamburger wrappers to fire-fighting foam.
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When fish grow up in stormwater instead of clean water, they go out into the world less equipped to survive.
The Interior Department plans to expand energy development on public lands and offshore to pay for the National Parks’ maintenance backlog.
Residents of Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood are demanding the federal government do more to address the problem of airplane noise.
On Tuesday, Washington agencies released their investigation into what happened when an Atlantic salmon farm collapsed in the Puget Sound this August.
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.
NOAA researchers have built a tool that can predict the snowpack eight months ahead of time, before the snow even falls.
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.
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.
Washington’s commissioner of public lands is calling on the state legislature to put a price on carbon.
West Coast starfish are showing signs of recovery in Southern California but they're still suffering in the Pacific Northwest.
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On Thursday, two activists were acquitted of felony charges for protesting a liquefied natural gas plant currently under construction at the Port of Tacoma.
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The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s targeting a former creosote plant in the Seattle suburb of Renton for “immediate attention.”
This summer's fish escape has anti-fish farm advocates saying it’s better to farm salmon in tanks, on land.
This summer's fish escape has renewed calls for regulating fish farms more intensely — or for taking them out of the water.
A development in two climate activists' trial could set a new precedent for cases of climate change-related civil disobedience.
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.
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.
Future visitors to Mount Rainier’s wildflower meadows could have a very different experience from the one we’re used to having today.