Forecasters warn that high ocean temperatures presage intense blazes in rainforest.

Jeff Tollefson, Nature June 29, 2016

The Amazon is ready to burn. After an unusually dry rainy season, the southern section of the rainforest is heading into winter with the largest moisture deficit since 1998. This has set the stage for an unusually intense fire season, according to a forecast issued on 29 June that is based on sea-surface temperature trends in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.


J ohn Darling, Ashland aily Tidings, June 24, 2016 report on the Common Cause / Move to Amend / SOCAN / Peace House Forum, June 23, 2016 Unitarian Universalists’ Fellowship, Ashland.

Led by Common Cause Oregon, a group of local activists warned Ashlanders on Thursday how the oil industry is dumping “dirty money” into attack ads, lobbying and political campaigns to try and block climate change bills at the state level.


Daniel Lewkow of Common Cause and Dave Hyde of Move to Amend Jackson County on Jefferson Exchange, June 23rd 2016 – Subject of Common Cause / SOCAN / Peace House/ Move to Amend Jackson County Program June 23rd at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

At this point it seems naive to ask if money influences politics.

So, let’s begin with HOW much money it takes to make a difference, and thwart efforts to curtail catastrophic climate change.

Our guests have followed the money, and struck oil. Daniel Lewkow is the Political Director ofCommon Cause Oregon; David Hyde heads up Move To Amend.

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Jefferson Exchange Interview with Bob Doppelt – Featured Speaker at SOCAN Monthly Program, June 21st

Whether self-interest is enlightened or not, it’s not good for the planet.

That’s the general thrust of Bob Doppelt’s work.  We met Bob a few years ago to talk about his book From Me To We.

He continues his work on climate change and sustainability through The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) in the Willamette Valley, teaching at both Willamette University and the University of Oregon.

How to make the me-to-we shift and how to implement changes get an airing at a meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN).

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Climate Denier Round-up, Eco-Watch May 24th 2016

Donald Trump has said numerous times in various places that he does not consider climate change to be a significant problem warranting corrective action. From calling it pseudoscience to a Chinese conspiracy to an elaborate hoax, he’s made it a point to take the Koch-approved stance, even as he disavows such big-money influence in politics. But as Politico’s Ben Schreckinger has uncovered, when it comes to his business and not campaign rhetoric, Trump apparently takes climate change seriously.

At a minimum, those in charge of running one of Trump’s golf courses in Ireland seem to be climate conscious. In a planning application, Trump asked for permission to construct a two-mile sea wall to keep the rising sea levels from eroding the golf course. The impact statement refers not only to the coastal erosion from rising seas, but also the even larger risk from storm systems amplified by global warming.


Josh Schlossberg Climate Change, May 17, 2016

A report funded by Clean Air Council questions whether biomass should count as renewable energy, arguing that carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions disqualify the controversial energy source.

Wood Burning, Biomass, Air Pollution and Climate Change, by Christopher D. Ahlers, adjunct professor of Law at Vermont Law School, explains that the term renewable is a “subjective policy judgment” that must take into account the health and environmental impacts of a given energy source.


Joe Romm, Climate Progress, May 10, 2016

Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons.

First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy.


Matt Jordan, KOBITV 5 News May 4th, 2016

Crater Lake, Ore — A warming climate could affect the very health of one of Southern Oregon’s most iconic landmarks and climate activists say now is the time for action.

A study by the U.S. Geological survey found Crater Lake is at risk of major changes to it’s ecology if current warming trends continue.


New York Times compendium article, April 21 2016

Diplomats from at least 167 countries are gathering in New York to sign the climate accord reached in December in Paris. Whether they make good on their pledges to slow dangerous greenhouse gas emissions will depend in large part on the actions in the years ahead by the world’s largest polluters. A status report on the key players follows.