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​Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map

​Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map

​Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map In winter 2017, the Washington Environmental Justice Mapping Work Group was initiated by Front and Centered, an environmental justice coalition of organizations rooted in communities of color. The resulting interactive mapping tool developed by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and partners ranks Washington communities most impacted by environmental…

When a river is has personhood: from Ecuador to New Zealand

When a river is has personhood: from Ecuador to New Zealand

When a river is a person: from Ecuador to New Zealand New Zealand passed its first rights for nature law in March 2017. In the early 2000s, the idea of giving legal rights to nature was on the fringes of environmental legal theory and public consciousness. There, the Whanganui River, which flows across the North Island, has…

What’s the most energy-efficient water heater?

What’s the most energy-efficient water heater?

What’s the Most Energy-Efficient Water Heater? The unfortunate day will come when that trusted water heater springs a leak and shuts down permanently, prompting an urgent call to the plumber. What will you do? Buy the same old water heater they used fifty years ago? The technological advances and increasing energy efficiency found in the…

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