Climate Change

A splash of color in a smoke-choked summer

The Pacific Northwest’s “new normal” is starting to feel like old normal in Washington’s Methow Valley.

This is the fifth summer in a row that wildfire season has hit the Methow Valley especially hard, causing hazardous smoke conditions that persist for weeks and leaving residents feeling trapped and isolated.

Cooped up inside, valley residents can get a little stir-crazy as they watch summer drift by in a haze. The alternative—wearing a mask to go outside—only adds to the sense of apocalypse.

Supporting tomorrow’s environmental health leaders

Dr. Russ Castner is helping to improve human health—one graduate student at a time.

The retired Shoreline dentist never got the chance to use the environmental health degree he earned as one of the first graduates of the UW School of Public Health.

Yet his ongoing support for students in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has fueled national and international research into the connections between our health and the environment.

On the front lines of climate change

Miriam Calkins

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene

Hometown

Harvard, Massachusetts

Future plans

Associate Service Fellow, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

“Trade workers have higher (environmental) exposures than the general public because they are working in industries with concentrated chemicals or a longer duration of heat exposure. These workers often have less agency to change their environment.”

- Miriam Calkins