Jacob Pederson

Jacob Pederson

Jacob Pederson is a junior at Western Washington University majoring in Environmental Journalism with a minor in Political Science. So far he has been on the quarterly President’s List twice for his outstanding GPA. He is part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, from which he won the Student of the Year Scholarship Award, and the NSCS Honor Cord. Jacob writes for the student-led Planet Magazine at Western, does stories for KMRE Community Powered Radio, and runs his own Environmental Journalism website. He seeks to be a career environmental journalist.

Recent Work

July 31, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges... Read More

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds of almost 50 miles per hour... Read More

July 20, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does... Read More

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006, California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a... Read More

July 20, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This... Read More

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This past June was the 44th in a row that saw hotter than average temperatures, the agency said last week. It was 1.66°F above the 20th century... Read More

July 16, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns... Read More

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns of people who live and work in the area. The move has alarmed environmentalists who say the decision threatens the future of the bears and the... Read More

July 15, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of... Read More

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the final changes to the rule at... Read More

July 15, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone... Read More

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame, but often take much longer to... Read More

July 10, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect... Read More

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect its residents from a more familiar adversary -- the onset of summer heat wave season. Even without a global pandemic, scorching summer temperatures in big cities... Read More

July 7, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and... Read More

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and teachers as they return to school in the fall. The collection of masks is the latest manifestation of Gov. Gary Herbert’s Masks for Every Utahn Program,... Read More

July 6, 2020
by Jacob Pederson
Trump Plan Would Open Huge Swath of Remote Alaska to Drilling

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land... Read More

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land to oil and gas drilling, striking down wildlife protections in the area that have been in place for more than 40 years. The Interior Department’s Bureau... Read More

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