The Art of Glacial Descent: Today So Far

  • These artists take a walk to include environmental science in their work.
  • Climate change is taking its toll on this Puget Sound park.
  • Blockchain technology just paid for carbon credits to conserve three sizable tracts of forested land in Western Washington… I still don’t know what a blockchain is.

This post originally appeared in KUOW’s Today So Far newsletter on June 9, 2022.

If Bob Ross were painting in Washington today, I imagine it would look something like this:

“And here, let’s add a stream coming down the mountain…it’s a sad stream because it misses its friends, the glaciers that used to be high up in the mountains. We’re going to need a lot of white liquid for this, which is good.” since we don’t use much for the glaciers… because they have disappeared… oh, and by the way, I want to introduce my squirrel friend…”

Bob Ross doesn’t paint these days, may he rest in peace. But there are a handful of hiking artists who tour the Olympics and the Cascades with researchers to document the decline of glaciers in the region’s mountains. They also create paintings related to salmon, landscape loss, and reforestation.

“That means sharing information or stories about science in ways that are more accessible, or maybe able to reach different audiences than more traditional ways of sharing science,” Jill Pelto told KUOW’s Soundside, adding that it incorporates real data. in his paintings.

“I’m trying to use that real information from that data to help tell a more literal visual story of why this graph and this simple line are important,” Pelto said.

Pelto is one of three artists who spoke with Soundside. Read the full story and see some art, here.

Climate change is also affecting the mountains, in the parks that many of us lowlanders enjoy.

Take Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. Officials recently had to block access to cars on the popular Five Mile Drive. The erosion on the nearby cliff has become so severe that it has come too close to the road. Cliffs are eroding around Puget Sound, but park officials say that factor has been exacerbated by rising water and increased wave activity hitting the walls.

The official report on the park’s erosion did not make a connection to climate change. Still, officials point to this five-mile stretch as an example of changing conditions. Check out Soundside to find out why.

If you’re like me and have a hard time understanding how blockchain technology works, that’s fine. The next story is more about trees.

Regen Registry is one such blockchain company, based in Delaware. According to a spokesperson, the company is “a proof-of-stake blockchain, where users confirm data and ensure security through a collateral staking process with validators.” And if that doesn’t clear it up, then maybe it helps to know that it’s “a blockchain-native decentralized platform for the sourcing, listing, and trading of high-quality green assets.”

…maybe I should get to the tree part.

Even if we don’t fully understand the blockchain, there is a lot of money in the technology. The Regen Registry just invested $1 million in carbon credits to help preserve three sizable tracts of forested land in Western Washington: 33 acres in the town of Issaquah, 12 acres on the north side of Sammamish’s Soaring Eagle Regional Park, and 2.6 acres on the Shoreline that are part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

This land was reserved for commercial timber, which would have cut down the trees. Carbon credits preserve the land and maintain those trees by absorbing carbon and pumping out oxygen. That is the selling point of this region.

As Soundside reports, carbon credits have come under fire for the way some companies use them. Basically, a company could buy a carbon credit here and pump more carbon there. But that is not what is happening in this case.


Caption: Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson shows off tattoos on his hands:

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A King County Superior Court judge has allowed the release of photos showing various tattoos covering Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is awaiting trial for murder. Nelson shows tattoos on his hands: “JUDGED BY XII” on the right hand; “CARRIED BY VIII” on the left. That’s shorthand for an old police proverb: “I’d rather be tried by 12” jurors than “led by six,” or sometimes eight, pallbearers. (King County Prosecutor’s Office)


Feel proud when you tip your waiter, delivery person or other worker. It used to be illegal in Washington state. Freedom!

On June 8, 1909, a state law went into effect prohibiting tipping. He made giving and receiving any tip a misdemeanor. It didn’t last long though and was repealed in 1913. I guess it was hard to have a policeman watching over each and every transaction to make sure no one was overpaying for the service.

According to History Link, the anti-tipping effort was the result of a national progressive/labor movement at the time. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorialized in favor of the move, saying “acceptance of a lead is indefensible on moral grounds.” The newspaper further argued that “it is a begging for a man to accept” a tip, and that if a waiter cannot make a living on a fixed salary, then he should find another job where he can.


Caption: Gatorade bottles in Glenside, Pennsylvania, on Monday.  PepsiCo recently began phasing out 32-ounce Gatorade bottles in favor of 28-ounce bottles, which taper in the middle to make them easier to hold.  The change has been in the works for years and is unrelated to the current economic climate, PepsiCo said.

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‘Shrinkage inflation’ is accelerating globally as manufacturers quietly reduce pack sizes

It’s the inflation you’re not supposed to see. From toilet paper to yogurt to coffee to corn chips, manufacturers are quietly reducing package sizes without lowering prices. It’s called “shrinkflation” and it’s accelerating around the world.


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