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  • In Chair Michael Yost's response to Governor Jay Inslee's climate change proposal, he points to an added benefit of cutting carbon pollution: "cleaner air for our lungs."

    In the News
    The News Tribune | December 21, 2014
  • Peter Rabinowitz, lead author on one of the health studies cited by the New York State Department of Health, weighs in on the state's ban on fracking. In the News
    The Takeaway with John Hockenberry | December 18, 2014
  • PhD student Heather Fowler, who is also a trained vet, investigated the risk from Salmonella for people who keep backyard chickens. In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | December 17, 2014