Sightline Daily top picks 06/25/2009

Vancouver’s experiment in bicycle-friendly commuting kicks off in less than three weeks, when cyclists will be able to safely pedal across Burrard Bridge — and commuting motorists will have to squeeze into the downtown core using one less lane. Toronto Globe and Mail 06/24/2009
2. An ancient forest could get protection

For a century, Oregon’s Coast Range has been farmed for timber, transformed from a vast, misty rainforest to a patchwork of clearcuts. Only several stretches of native rainforest still exist. This month, US Rep. Peter Defazio and Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bill permanently designating the area as wilderness. Eugene Weekly 06/25/2009
3. More preemies linked to pollution from cars, trucks

Women exposed to air pollution from freeways and congested roads are much more likely to give birth to premature babies and suffer from preeclampsia, according to a study by California scientists. The findings add to the growing evidence that car and truck exhaust can jeopardize the health of babies while they are in the womb. Environmental Health News 06/25/2009
4. Wash. coal plant haze harming parks

Environmental groups are asking the US Department of Interior to expand an earlier finding that pollution from a coal-fired plant in Centralia, Wash., is causing haze and poor visibility in Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks. Seattle Times 06/24/2009
5. Columbia bridge tolls to fund project, cut traffic

The new Columbia River bridge is going to cost about $4 billion. So it’s not really surprising that planners are looking at a toll to pay for a third of it. But what is surprising is that paying for the bridge is only part of the reason for the toll. Government agencies hope it will reduce traffic, curb pollution, and reduce congestion. Oregon Public Broadcasting 06/25/2009
6. Puget Sound area cancer risk high from air pollution

The cancer risk from toxic air pollution in the Puget Sound region ranks among the highest in the nation, on a par with other major urban areas, according to new federal and state analyses. But the reports probably overestimate the danger because the data used old and don’t take into account recent efforts to reduce pollution. Seattle Times 06/25/2009
7. Unemployed hit the road to find jobs

With the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, some Americans are willing to go wherever they can to nab a job, even if it is temporary. To adapt, they’ll live near the job in campers or cheap apartments, giving up normal family life for a paycheck, in a contemporary echo of the itinerants who roamed the country for work in the Great Depression. Wall Street Journal 06/25/2009
8. The lure of the laundry line

They might not be saving time, but people who dry laundry on a clothesline are saving money and energy. The dry heat of summer in North Central Washington is conducive to line-drying laundry. Lots of people here are already doing it. Wenatchee World 06/25/2009
9. Puget Sound orcas accounted for

When the Southern Resident killer whales came south out of Canada over the weekend, all three pods were together for a time. That gave scientists a chance to tally the local orcas — none were missing, but there were no babies, either. Kitsap Sun 06/25/2009

10. Majority in poll say US should cut greenhouse gases
Three-quarters of Americans think the US government should regulate the release into the atmosphere of greenhouse gases from power plants, cars, and factories to reduce global warming, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with substantial majority support from Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Washington Post 06/25/2009


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