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May 21, 2019

More back-to-back heat waves will come with climate change

Traffic on the 101 Freeway backs up during a 2015 heat wave.

Here’s another health danger climate change will deliver in the coming years: New research warns that back-to-back heat waves that go on for days will become more common as the planet warms. The elderly and the poor will be the least prepared to weather this threat, the investigators noted. But hospital ERs and emergency service…

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May 17, 2019

Seattle port could play key role in race to rule the Arctic

Port of Seattle and Mount Rainier.

In the 1890s, Seattle was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. As countries eye the warming Arctic in a 21st century rush to establish maritime trade routes and exploit natural resources, Puget Sound is once again poised to serve a vital support role. That, at least, is the vision that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of…

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May 16, 2019

What you need to know before getting on an electric scooter

Bird electric scooters.

The possibility of electric powered scooters in Seattle will also come with the possibility of numerous personal injuries. Those unfortunate victims often end up at Harborview Medical Center and doctors at that level one trauma center said they want residents to take better care of themselves as they explore these new alternative ways to travel….


May 14, 2019

Delivery bots could make cities more accessible for everyone

Postmates Delivery Robot in the 1600 block of P Street, NW, Washington DC, 25 October 2017.

Last week, Washington’s governor Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing robots to roll through the state, delivering goods and food orders. Washington joins seven other states that have legalized bot deliveries, and other cities and college campuses have allowed companies to pilot their services. Perhaps new tech could be what spurs more accessible city design, creating more navigable public spaces…

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May 13, 2019

UW students face food, housing insecurity, survey shows

University of Washington Seattle

Preliminary data from a survey of food and housing insecurity at the University of Washington’s three campuses shows that an estimated 190 students may lack a stable place to live, and about one-quarter of students have worried recently about having enough to eat. Results of the online survey, conducted by UW faculty in 2018, are…

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May 10, 2019

Seattle-area universities and colleges declare Affordable Housing Week, May 13-17

El Centro de la Raza - 110 Affordable Housing Units. Beacon Hill, Seattle WA

They join 25 cities and King County in recognizing the importance of safe, healthy, affordable housing. The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 13-17, 2019 as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. Dr. John Mosby, president of Highline College; Dr. Daniel J. Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University;…

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May 7, 2019

New study finds Seattle is even less prepared for mega quakes than previously thought

Cascadia Earthquake Sources.

Scientists have found that the shaking likely to be generated by a massive earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone is worse than previously thought—and Seattle’s current building codes aren’t equipped to handle it. The study, which was presented at the 2019 Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting last month, is based on the work of…

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May 2, 2019

UW, WSU community partnership: Improving the health of homeless youth and their pets

Both pets and people receive care at One Health Clinic.

Rivals in the sports arena, the state’s two largest public universities have teamed up off the field to improve the health of young adults experiencing homelessness – and their pets. The University of Washington and Washington State University are working with New Horizons Ministries and Neighborcare Health to provide health care and veterinary care to…

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May 1, 2019

Central District, other Seattle legacy communities are at risk — and we all need to help save them

Grocery store at 2601 Yesler Way in the Central District, Seattle, Washington, U.S., circa 1980.

In a new documentary about gentrification in the Central District, “On the Brink,” an advocate of Seattle’s historically African American neighborhood talks about recent construction projects in the area digging the soul out of that community. … The CD became a nearly 80% black neighborhood in the late 1960s and early ’70s because African Americans,…

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April 30, 2019

Bellingham considers expanding city limits eastward

City of Bellingham, Washington

Students from the University of Washington are helping conduct an annexation study in Bellingham. The City of Bellingham is partnering with a team of student researchers from UW’s Master of Urban Planning program to assess the interest of residents in Bellingham’s eastern Urban Growth Areas regarding possible annexation to the City. The plan is to provide community…


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