shipping http://www.kplu.org en Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks http://www.kplu.org/post/promise-arctic-conference-points-opportunities-and-risks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arctic is getting hotter faster than any part of the globe. Experts predict the region will be free of sea ice during the summer within about 20 years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s creating a gold-rush mentality among many shipping and energy companies eager to capitalize on new trade routes or tap new sources of oil and gas.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:36:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8924 at http://www.kplu.org Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers http://www.kplu.org/post/faith-and-community-groups-rallying-short-haul-truckers <p>As many as 30 or 40 percent of the short-haul truckers who normally move containers from docks to railcar terminals at the Port of Seattle have stopped working. &nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/Investigators-risky-rigs-folo-138695099.html">work stoppage comes</a> after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions.</p><p>They&rsquo;re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they&rsquo;re forced to contend with make the job unsafe. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 01:02:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4070 at http://www.kplu.org Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers