CARS THUNDER ALONG the skyline on Seattle’s grimy, double-decker Alaskan Way Viaduct, as Kathy Fletcher, director of People for Puget Sound, throws open the windows of her office. Beyond the wind-tunnelling roar of the traffic, there’s a startling view of the Olympic Mountains sparkling along the western horizon.

“We’re down here in the belly of the beast,” she chuckles, her gravelly voice drowned out by eight lanes of traffic. With that backdrop, she tells a story that shatters the fairy-tale, ferry

boat image of the ‘Emerald City’– a story of container-ship pollution and of fragile aquatic ...


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