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New Observations Suggest Our Arctic Buildings Might Be in Trouble

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Enlarge / A mining operation inside the Arctic Circle. (credit: BeyondImages / Getty Images)

As the world warms, countries with holdings in the Arctic are increasingly eyeing the region for development and use. As Ars reported last July, the frigid polar zone might be open to increased shipping, as it remains free of ice longer under climate change.

However, policymakers and scientists need better tools to understand the extent to which humans are using the Arctic and what the future holds for the roads, settlements, and other developments in the region. New research claims to provide a more accurate way to look at how human use is changing the Arctic.

According to Annett Bartsch, lead author of the paper, there are currently no good sources of data for risk assessments and vulnerability studies for the infrastructure in the Arctic. She said that OpenStreetMap is “incomplete and inconsistent” in the Arctic and that previous research using it just accepted its limitations.

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Goldendale Energy Project: Important for Economy, Ecology

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Re: “Stop sacrificing Indigenous sacred sites in the name of climate change” [Sept. 25, Opinion]: As president of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council, I would like to express my frustration after reading the Op-Ed regarding the pumped storage project in Goldendale and the authors’ disregarding of critical information about the proposal. The authors […]

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Chinatown International District: One More Insult

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Re: “Chinatown International District pushes back at expanded homeless shelter. Officials ask where else?” [Sept. 25, Local News]: King County’s recent effort to expand homeless shelter capacity at the Sodo facility near the Chinatown International District reminds me of another county proposal. Approximately 40 years ago, then County Executive John Spellman wanted to use the […]

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Gun-violence Prevention: Cover Grassroots Efforts

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On Sunday, Oct. 2, Washington CeaseFire held our yearly 5K run/walk at Seattle’s Green Lake Park. We followed the 5K event with our annual Day of Remembrance event, where the community plants daffodil bulbs to commemorate victims of gun violence. The weather was perfect, the setting beautiful and the turnout for our event was fantastic. […]

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