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A Surge in Oil and Coal Transportation in the Northwest Raises Environmental Concerns

A Surge in Oil and Coal Transportation in the Northwest Raises Environmental Concerns

October 24, 2014  by  Carol Tobin
Category:  Oil and Coal

The development of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has led to a surge in oil production in the U.S. Because the expansion of oil production has outpaced the expansion of the nation’s pipeline system, much of the new oil is moved by train. According to...

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The Greening of Main Street

The Greening of Main Street

June 16, 2014  by  Carol Tobin
Category:  Development Types

There is increasing evidence that green development on main streets and in downtowns has a positive influence on urban vitality. A 2014 report heightened interest in sustainable, green development on older main streets as well as in developing downtowns.

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Sea Level Rise: A Challenge for Washington’s Coastal Communities

Sea Level Rise: A Challenge for Washington’s Coastal Communities

April 28, 2014  by  Carol Tobin
Category:  Climate Change

Coastal communities throughout the world face significant challenges with rising sea levels. Increases in atmospheric temperatures cause ocean water to expand and land ice to melt. Rising sea levels coupled with ...

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Made in Washington: Encouraging Local Industries

Made in Washington: Encouraging Local Industries

March 10, 2014  by  Carol Tobin
Category:  Strategies and Programs

Contrary to popular opinion, the U.S. is still the top manufacturing nation in the world. And there is renewed interest here in local industries, driven by the rising...

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