The year 2023 was the planet’s hottest on record, and 2024 has already broken monthly temperature highs.

In the Pacific Northwest, that means more heat in a region historically known for its mild climate.

At Washington State University, researchers are addressing the public health risks of heat exposure. Their work includes passive cooling for buildings, safeguards for outdoor workers and athletes, and keeping pets healthy on hot days.

Explore the various topics in the following feature sections:


The Pacific Northwest heats up


Outdoor workers feeling the heat


Hot but not bothered


Playing it cool


Pet safety in extreme heat