Yan: Com-rads

Yan: Com-rads

Take a journey with NSWA Board Member Wudan Yan to Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. In a news feature for Nature, Wudan describes how radiation exposure from Soviet-era nuclear tests still affects the local population. She documents the effects on multiple generations of...
Morton: Reducing Sky-High Suicide Rates

Morton: Reducing Sky-High Suicide Rates

For The Oregonian, NSWA Board Member Carol Cruzan Morton describes suicide patterns in the Northwest: They’re persistently high and rising. Carol talks to experts about the many factors thought to affect suicide rates, from the western culture to the seasons....
Watts: Amphibians! Bafraid of Bsal

Watts: Amphibians! Bafraid of Bsal

Bsal is what salamander-savvy biologists call Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. Andrea Watts (@WattsInTheWoods) writes about the fungus that is threatening amphibians worldwide. In Science Findings from the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station,...
Hu: Green ‘Til the End

Hu: Green ‘Til the End

For Slate, NSWA President Jane C. Hu reports on how the hue of the Evergreen State got a little deeper. The very green state of Washington just passed a bill to allow human composting, a more sustainable and less energy-consuming option for body disposal than...
Stanley: Road Trip

Stanley: Road Trip

What better way to measure traffic pollution than with cars in traffic? Sarah Stanley writes about specially equipped hybrid vehicles that researchers are driving around the Seattle area to sample the air for gases and particles associated with traffic. The story is...
Goldstein: Material Value

Goldstein: Material Value

Julia L.F. Goldstein’s new book is out this month to answer your questions about making, reusing, and recycling. Material Value: More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing of Everything From Cell Phones to Cleaning Products tells us where products come from,...