Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
December 9, 2013
In Denmark and Holland, women take more of their trips by bicycle than do men.
Washington state received $781 million from the Obama administration’s 2009 economic stimulus to improve passenger rail service in the 300-mile corridor that stretches from Portland, Ore., north to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bellingham Herald | Transportation
As the current oil boom in North Dakota, Montana and Canada continues, long freight trains hauling dozens of black tank cars are rolling across the country.
Vancouver Columbian | Dirty fuels
Surprising insights from studies on the experience of Canada’s Inuit.
The Tyee | Climate impacts
A thaw of Arctic ice and snow is linked to worsening summer heatwaves and downpours thousands of miles south in Europe, the United States and other areas, underlying the scale of the threat posed by global warming, scientists said on Sunday.
Huffington Post | Climate science
Beyond new state efforts to restrict women’s access to proper reproductive health care, another, if quieter, threat is posed by mergers between secular hospitals and Catholic hospitals operating under religious directives from the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops. These directives, which oppose abortions, inevitably collide with a hospital’s duty to provide care to pregnant women in medical distress.
New York Times | Reproductive freedom
An Urban Land Institute report examines how urban design and development can contribute to living environments that help residents thrive.
Los Angeles Times | Urban form
Canada is running out of time to offer U.S. President Barack Obama a climate change concession that might clinch the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, as the country’s energy industry continues to resist costly curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
Reuters | Global warming
Federal money is still available for the proposed Columbia River Crossing, according to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who said Friday that the controversial bridge and highway project remains on track.
Vancouver Columbian | Transportation
Where humans rank on the food chain.
KPLU | Food and health
For more than three decades, working-class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.
Washington Post | Economy
More News from December 9, 2013
One of the great sustainability challenges of the 21st century is revitalizing poorly planned and outdated suburban neighborhoods and commercial districts, consistent with contemporary goals for enhancing walkability and transit access, delivering a sense of place, and doing so in a way that works for both existing and new neighbors.
Atlantic Cities | Suburbs
Climate Council’s first report says more professionals will be needed to keep pace with growing population and bushfire risk.
The Guardian | Climate impacts
The road to graduation for black students is still pitted with obstacles, despite efforts to close achievement gaps that have persisted over the years, according to the report released by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.
Los Angeles Times | Race
As oil disasters go, the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout were about as different as two spills could be.
New York Times | Fossil fuels