News

Pages

EarthFix Reports
7:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies

A pteropod showing partially dissolved shell after exposure to elevated CO2 conditions in the lab.
Credit Courtesy of Nina Bednarsek

Tiny, delicate marine snails called pteropods are a key part of the marine food web. New research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought because of ocean acidification.

Read more
EarthFix Reports
7:20 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

An osprey soars with a fish in its talons. Research by the U.S. Geological Survey says osprey are among the species harmed by contaminants in the lower Columbia River.
Credit Flickr Photo/Matt Shiffler Photography (CC BY-NC-ND)

The U.S. Geological Survey has found high levels of toxic substances in the Columbia River everywhere from sediments to resident fish to osprey eggs.

Read more
Health Exchange
3:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Rule Promises 'No Surprises' From Health Insurance Plans

Credit Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler about a new rule that will mandate increased transparency for plans offered on the Washington state health exchange.

Public Health
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health Inspection Results, Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You

Los Angeles has provided some inspiration in public postings of health inspection grades for restaurants.
Flickr Photo/Eric E Johnson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde finds our more about a plan by Seattle & King County Public Health to make restaurant health inspection results more visible with Becky Elias, who runs the food protection program.

Read more
SR 99 Tunnel Project
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bertha Costs: Who Will Pick Up The Tab?

Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel machine, has stopped and will not likely begin tunneling again until next spring.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Lynn Peterson, Washington state transportation secretary, about the estimated $125 million in extra costs for Bertha's tunneling delay.

Global Health
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Far We've Come In 30 Years Of HIV Research

Flickr Photo/Jon Rawlinson (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Mitchell Warren about the breakthroughs and challenges of HIV prevention over the last 30 years. Warren is the executive director of AVAC, an international non-governmental organization that works on HIV prevention.

Warren said that one of the greatest breakthroughs in HIV-AIDS prevention was the rise of the citizen activism that pushed for funding, creativity and urgency in research. "AIDS really changed how research happened," he said. "Science changed because communities ‘acted up.’"

Neighborhood Violence
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Residents React To Central District Shootings

Promenade 23, a shopping center in the Central District of Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Over the last week and a half, there were five shootings in Seattle's Central District area, three of which were fatal.

The police haven't confirmed, but many people are saying the shootings are tied to gang activity.

Read more
Technology
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In

Fit Bit uses your smart phone to track the steps a person takes in a day.
Flickr Photo/Bryan Zug (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds asks Dr. David Bates, physician at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, how consumers can navigate the exploding marketplace of mobile health apps.

This American Life
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Public Radio's Pied Piper Ira Glass Talks Storytelling

"This American Life" host Ira Glass.
Flickr Photo/Ricky Montalvo (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Ira Glass, host of This American Life, about his career and the art of radio storytelling.

Read more
Seattle Example
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Journalist Urges Caution In Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage debate has spurred demonstrations in cities beyond Seattle, like this one in New York.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

David Hyde talks with Seattle journalist and New York Times contributor Timothy Egan about Seattle’s impact on the minimum wage movement in other parts of the country.

Environmental Agenda
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Plan To Address Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Grist writer David Roberts about Washington Governor Jay Inslee's efforts to combat climate change in the state.

Oso Mudslide
1:57 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Five Hardest Minutes Working The Mudslide

A group of young people from the Washington Conservation Corps worked 14 - 16 hour days trying to recover victims in the Oso mudslide.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

The Oso mudslide drew hundreds of volunteers to the towns of Arlington and Darrington, Wash.

Mixed in among those responders were 50 young people in the Washington Conservation Corps between the ages of 18 and 25.

Read more
Disaster Preparedness
12:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Oso's Lesson For Emergency Managers: 'We're Not Ready'

Flickr Photo/Phil Rhoeder (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Eric Holdeman, a former Emergency Management Director for King County, about the lessons from the Oso slide response, and how they can help Washington State prepare for the next disaster.

Active Search Ends
8:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Detour Around Oso Mudslide Opens To Reconnect Darrington, I-5 Corridor

Jeannine Carr serves lunch at Rhodes River Ranch, one of the few open businesses in Oso, to Martha Lu Nunn and Kathleen Rhodes (no relation) of FEMA.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The end of the large-scale recovery operation at the site of the Oso mudslide means that a road around the slide zone, once reserved for emergency vehicles, will be open for traffic.

State transportation officials opened the new detour, a primitive gravel road on Seattle City Light property, Monday night for local traffic.

Read more
Light Rail
7:48 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha

The machine Sound Transit is using to dig a light-rail tunnel from Northgate to the University of Washington in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in mid-June.

No, it's not Bertha. It's Brenda.

Read more

Pages