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Global warming
4:36 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks

A polar bear on one of the last ice floes floating in the Arctic sea in June 2008.
Gerard Van der Leun photo Flickr via Compfight

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. 

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.

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Port of Seattle
5:02 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Faith and community groups rallying for short haul truckers

Fuad Eltayeb (l) and Yemane Berhane have stopped driving their short-haul trucks to terminals at the Port of Seattle. They say hundreds of cargo drivers like them face unsafe conditions. Often, the trailer loads they pick up are too heavy or insecure.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

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.  

The work stoppage comes after one of the drivers was retaliated against for attending a hearing in Olympia last week on a proposal to improve their working conditions.

They’re independent contractors, who are predominantly immigrants, and say the conditions they’re forced to contend with make the job unsafe.  

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