Entries by Alan Journet

Large Methane Leaks Threaten Perception Of ‘Clean’ Natural Gas

Leigh Paterson, NPR June 23rd 2018 A new study published in the journal Science finds that methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas operations are 60 percent higher than previous estimates from the federal government. This comes at a time when U.S. is getting more and more of its power from natural gas; in 2017, 31.7 percent of U.S. electricity came from natural […]

Climate change has become too hot to handle

Associated Press;  Medford Mail Tribune,  June 22, 2018 When it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on 23 June, 1988. Looking back, he says: “I was sufficiently idealistic that I […]

Signs of Change

Associated Press; Medford Mail Tribune, June 22, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — You don’t just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around. Some examples of where climate change’s effects have been measured: More

Global Warming is All Around You

Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, Medford Mail Tribune June 22, 2018 GOTHIC, Colo. — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland […]

The enemy is us

Letter To Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 15, 2018 The bitching and moaning about the collapse of the recycling market almost always targets someone else. Maybe it’s the Chinese, maybe it’s the disposal and recycling companies. But if we genuinely seek responsibility, we need look no further than our own neighborhood. More

Ice Sheet melting at acclerating rate

Seth Borenstein AP, Mail Tribune June 14 2018 from Chicago Tribune June 14 The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study. In the last quarter century, the southern-most continent’s ice sheet — […]

Did climate trigger toxic algae?

Zach Urnesss, Statesman Journal June 6; Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 2018 One of the hottest and driest months of May on record may have contributed to the growth and spread of the toxic algae bloom wreaking havoc in Salem’s drinking water. The algae bloom was originally spotted in Detroit Lake on May 8 and […]

Why bet the farm?

Letter to Editor,  Eric Weisberg, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 07, 2018, Also appearing in Medford Mail Tribune June 8, 2018 Engineers design to “fail safe” when miscalculation may result in a devastating catastrophe. If one design choice will save money, while another avoids the risk of serious loss, they are taught to choose the design which […]