Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines

September 19, 2014

In Denmark and Holland, women take more of their trips by bicycle than do men.

In Denmark and Holland, women take more of their trips by bicycle than do men.

1. Photos: The cycling gender gap

“The Gender Gap” isn’t just about pay or promotions. Check out who’s in the bike lane.

Mic | Bicycling

2. Seattle tunnel tops group’s ‘boondoggle’ list

The Highway 99 tunnel tops a new list of 11 “highway boondoggles” that shouldn’t be built, in a report issued by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

The Seattle Times | Transportation

3. U.S. maps strategy to fight antibiotic resistance

The Obama administration announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of new drugs, tighter stewardship of existing ones, and improvements in tracking the use of antibiotics and the microbes resistant to them.

The New York Times | Health

4. World leaders tackle climate change

Break out your protest sign materials and take your polar bear costume to the dry cleaner, boys and girls: This coming weekend marks the kickoff of Climate Week NYC 2014, a flurry of meetings and protests about climate action. It all starts with the People’s Climate March in Columbus Circle on Sunday. Organizers are already calling it the biggest climate march in history, with over 100,000 folks expected to turn up.

Climate Desk | Climate Change

5. More women getting free birth control

More American women are getting free birth control in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most private insurance plans to pay for contraception with no co-pay or other out-of-pocket costs.

The Seattle Times | Reproductive health

6. Reserving jobs for the poor

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is proposing an ordinance that would reserve a percentage of work on projects of $5 million and more for people who live in local ZIP codes with high concentrations of poverty and unemployment.

The Seattle Times | Income Inequality

7. Heating up with data: Amazon’s solution

In what’s believed to be the first of its kind system, Amazon.com will use the waste heat from a data center to provide much of the heat in its high-rise campus under construction in downtown Seattle.

Puget Sound Business Journal | Green Building

8. Dying starfish could get help from Congress

Researchers have been scrambling for more than a year to make sense of a strange disease that’s causing West Coast starfish to die by the millions. Now it looks like help could be coming from Congress.

KCTS9 | Wildlife

9. Judge tosses suit over fish-consumption rate

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit related to how much fish people eat in Washington — and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume.

The Associated Press | Food and health

10. August was hottest on record worldwide

Last month was the hottest August on record worldwide, according to newly released federal climate data.

San Francisco Chronicle | Climate Change

More News from September 19, 2014

Get ready for more raised bike lanes

A smarter and safer type of separated bike lane that’s common in cycle-friendly European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen is now beginning to make its way to the United States.

Fast Company | Bicycling

Grandmother triggers BC security probe

A 71-year-old BC grandmother was shocked to learn her recent research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing triggered a national security investigation.

CBC British Columbia | Energy

Gov tackles childhood obesity

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee this week formed a 50-person council to look at ways to reduce obesity in children.

The Olympian | Obesity

Shellfish tell Puget Sound’s polluted tale

Scientists used shellfish to conduct the broadest study to date of pollution levels along the shore of Puget Sound. And in some places, it’s pretty contaminated.

KUOW | Water pollution

Protesters block tracks to OR oil terminal

Protesters set up a human-occupied tripod over tracks along a route that follows the Columbia River to a train-to-barge crude oil facility near Clatskanie, Oregon.

Oregon Public Broadcasting | Oil trains

Views: Death on a bike

The death of a single cyclist has a chilling effect on everyone who pedals for work, exercise or pleasure. Can’t we get it right?

New York Times | Bicycles

EPA extends review of mining proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take more time to review comments on a proposal that would restrict large-scale mining near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery.

Juneau Empire | Mining