Entries by Alan Journet

Scientists predict warmer 5 years

Chris Mooney, Washington Post, August 14, 2018,  Medford Mail Tribune, August 15, 2018 The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict Humans are already making the planet warmer. Now Earth could help speed the process up. The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded — and now, according to a new scientific […]

The inconvenient truth about forest fires

Guest Opinion b y Dominick A Dellasala, Timothy Ingalsbee, Luke Reudiger,  Medford Mail Tribune, July 29, 2018 It seems like every time there is a forest fire, the timber industry blames environmentalists for a lack of “active forest management” and presumes that contemporary fires have catastrophic ecological consequences. David Schott’s opinion piece in the Mail […]

Heeding the message from Rogue warming

Guest Column by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune / Ashland Daily Tidings, August 12, 2018 As residents of the Rogue Valley, we can ignore the data and our own eyes as some argue we should. Alternatively, we can be a little smarter; we can acknowledge what is happening and then both prepare for the future […]

We won’t stop California’s wildfires if we don’t talk about climate change

Editorial Board, Washington Post, August 8 2018 CALIFORNIA, THE nation’s most populous state and the world’s fifth-largest economy , is on fire. In a state already known for monster conflagrations, the past month has been unusually destructive. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco is now officially the largest in California’s history, having burned an area about the size […]

To California, The Wildfires Are Tragic. To The Trump Administration, They’re Convenient.

The Commerce Department has ordered that water use be prioritized for firefighters — who say water isn’t the issue. The decision isn’t really about fire. Chris D’Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman, August 08/09/2018, HUFFPOST Apparently seeing a disaster as an opportunity to push partisan policy, the Trump administration has opted to continue its bizarre attempt […]

Support energy sanity

Letter to Editor by Sydney Brown, Ashland Daily Tidings, August 7, 2018 Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is on board, as are House and Senate leaders. A Joint House/Senate committee is developing legislation for the 2019 session to address statewide climate pollution. Many representatives support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, but we don’t know whether the […]

The climate crisis

Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Ashland Daily Tidings, August 7, 2018 We face a climate crisis of almost unimaginable severity and it is destroying the world as we know it. Heat is ratcheting up beyond what can be borne by flora and fauna. fires are consuming forests and grasslands around the globe (even in […]

Earth’s Carbon Concentrations Soar to Levels Not Seen in 800,000 Years

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, August 4 2018 (via Truthout) As temperatures bust heat records across the globe and wildfires rage from California to the Arctic, a new report produced annually by more than 500 scientists worldwide found that last year, the carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere reached the highest levels “in the modern atmospheric measurement record and […]