How future superstorms could overwhelm today’s wastewater infrastructure

How future superstorms could overwhelm today’s wastewater infrastructure

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The current Seattle rainstorm, and many like it this year, are overwhelming our city’s wastewater pipes, and some sewage may be dumping into the Puget Sound as we speak. But even in a normal year, King County dumps about 800 million gallons of raw sewage into its waterways. That’s because, when it rains too much in too short a time, “pipes start to flow too full,” School of Public Health professor...

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Good food, not gone to waste

Good food, not gone to waste

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UW School of Public Health works with city to combat hunger, reduce discards

Forty percent of food in the United States—much of it healthy and edible—goes uneaten. It ends up in landfills and produces methane emissions that are 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, more than 48 million Americans aren’t getting the food they need, while food banks are struggling to meet demand.

To reverse...

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Access To Nature In Urban Areas Is Key To Healthier Living

Access To Nature In Urban Areas Is Key To Healthier Living

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Mental illnesses and mood disorders are more prevalent in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, according to a new study.

Researchers probed the rising tension between the critical role of urban areas and these cities’ debilitating aspects that disconnect people from nature – and even raise mental illnesses.

“There’s an enormous amount of disease largely tied to our removal from the natural environment,” warned...

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Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

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May saw a lot of wonderful events, visitors, and research coming out of the University of Washington community. Here’s a quick recap:

The CBE PhD Program looked at the future of citiesPatricia Romero Lankao visited to talk about the human dimension of climate change Seattle’s “diverse neighborhoods” are actually surprisingly segregatedNew lighting research and design initiatives are underway for the UW campus Alexes Harris showed the severe handicap of...

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UW-led study pinpoints how air pollution harms your heart

UW-led study pinpoints how air pollution harms your heart

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Dr. Joel Kaufman of the University of Washington led a 10-year study of 6,000 people in six cities that found air pollution accelerates deposits of calcium in heart arteries, a known cause of heart attack and stroke.

Scientists have known for years that long-term exposure to air pollution raises the risk of heart disease, but a highly anticipated study led by a University of Washington environmental health expert finally explains why.

In a...

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SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

A new University of Washington initiative is thinking “upstream” when it comes to creating safer, healthier and more livable cities.

Urban@UW aims to bring together UW faculty, staff and students from different disciplines with city decision-makers and citizens to wrestle with urban issues such as housing and poverty, growth and transportation, and food and economic disparity. The program is funded by the UW Office of Research.

Organizers held...

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