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December 1, 2022

Young kids who breathe polluted air can fall behind in school, study finds

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Young children living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty are more likely to be exposed to many different air pollutants, and that can harm their development during early childhood, according to a study published Wednesday. The children’s increased exposure to air toxins during infancy can reduce reading and math abilities and cause them to…

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November 29, 2022

Seattle’s cooling real estate market widens budget shortfall

Three new construction craftsman revival style homes in Seattle

City officials had to rework the budget this month after new forecasts showed Seattle will likely bring in tens of millions of dollars less than previously expected over the next two years, including a significant drop in real estate-related tax revenue. As inflation persists, interest rates remain high and many people find themselves locked out…

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November 22, 2022

Urban Scholar Highlight: Rubén Casas

This is the first in a series of interviews from Urban@UW highlighting the research of urban scholars at the University of Washington. Earlier this month, Urban@UW spoke to Rubén Casas, Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Urban Studies at the University of Washington…


November 21, 2022

Over 40,000 households have racist restrictions, UW researchers estimate

A black and white aerial image of Central District in 1968.

State funding approved last year provided $250,000 for researchers at Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington to look for racist or restrictive covenants. The language has not been enforceable since the 1960s, but lead researcher UW Professor James Gregory said doing the work is worthwhile. ”We owe it to our fellow citizens not…

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November 17, 2022

Empowering youth to seek climate solutions in their communities

View of Seattle skyline across the Duwamish River.

A new $2.3 million program funded by the US National Science Foundation will educate and equip young scientists to cultivate resilience to climate impacts such as flooding and extreme heat. Partners include the University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE) and the Duwamish River Community Coalition  (DRCC). EDGE is part…

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November 15, 2022

Here are 3 dangerous climate tipping points the world is on track for

Image of an ice sheet in icy water. Tasiilaq, Greenland is home to the world's second largest ice sheet.

The goal of the international climate meeting in Egypt is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to temperatures in the late 1800s. Even at that level, communities will experience more dangerous storms, flooding and heat waves. Cities around the world must plan how to reduce emissions and prepare for these climate events….

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November 3, 2022

How West Coast universities, colleges grapple with ‘literal overheating’ of buildings amid recent heat wave

Aerial photograph of the University of Washington Seattle campus

The historic heat wave that sweltered the West in early September, breaking records and straining California’s power grid, forced colleges and universities across the region to further assess extreme heat events. College campuses, specifically students and faculty on the West Coast, struggled with the intense heat wave. They have warned their communities of the excessive heat but…

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November 1, 2022

A new approach, not currently described by the Clean Air Act, could eliminate air pollution disparities

Aerial view of Seattle, Washington, with a focus on the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or Ballard Locks, a complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay, in the Lake Washington Ship Canal between the neighborhoods of Ballard and Magnolia

While air quality has improved dramatically over the past 50 years thanks in part to the Clean Air Act, people of color at every income level in the United States are still exposed to higher-than-average levels of air pollution. A team led by researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know if the Clean…

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October 27, 2022

UW and SHA tap Bellwether Housing to build mixed-income development in U District

Aerial photograph of the University District neighborhood in Seattle at dusk.

The University of Washington and the Seattle Housing Authority announced that Bellwether Housing has been selected to develop a mixed-income high-rise of about 240 units in the University District, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents. Once completed, the 16-story project will provide a child care space and much-needed housing for faculty and staff,…

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October 25, 2022

Sparking Climate Connections – UW Lightning Talks on Climate Change

Addressing our climate crisis can’t be done alone; this all-hands-on-deck moment requires as many voices, disciplines and perspectives as possible to forge connections that will inspire collective action. Urban@UW and the EarthLab Advisory Board of Deans invite you to participate in an exciting two-part event bringing together the rich variety of climate change related research…

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