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World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

William Ripple, Christopher Wolf,  Thomas Newsome, Phoebe Barnard, William Moomaw. BioScience, Volume 70, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 8–12, Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more […]

Fossil (Natural) Gas: A Bridge to Nowhere

Fossil Gas is extracted directly as a gas or as a bi-product of extraction of other fossil fuels.  It was named ‘Natural gas’ in a sublime moment that has seemingly labeled it forever as a benign product.  As marketed, this fuel contains some 90% methane, and thereby lies the problem as discussed below. Fossil fuels […]

Western Wildfire Considerations

Submission to the Washington Post in response to the insane editorial by Julie Parrish of Timber Unity: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/12/bad-forest-policies-political-indifference-kindled-oregons-wildfires/ Author Alan Journet, Co-Facilitator, So8uthern Oregon Climate Action Now Submitted September 16th 2020 As a rural Oregonian with some understanding of forest issues in Oregon, I take exception to the Julie Parrish commentary: ‘Bad forest policies and […]

Carbon Notes May Help Seattle Council Make Smarter Climate Decisions

Cathy Tuttle, The Urbanist, September 15 2020 I woke up coughing this weekend–no, not from Covid-19–from wildfire smoke that’s settled on Seattle like a clammy yellow shroud. Last Friday was a better day because all five members of the Seattle City Council Governance and Education Committee–Councilmembers González, Mosqueda, Juarez, Lewis, and Sawant–unanimously passed Councilmember Pedersen’s Resolution […]

Climate Insights 2020: Overall Trends- Surveying American Public Opinion on Climate Change and the Environment

Jon Krosnick and Bo MacInnis  August 24 2020, Resources for the Future A discussion of U.S. attitudes to the climate crisis – downloadable Introduction Is concern about the natural environment a “luxury good”? According to one theoretical perspective, people in contemporary societies can afford to worry about protecting the planet’s natural environment only if their basic survival […]

FORESTERS COULD LEAD ON CARBON DRAWDOWN

Simple changes in management could double carbon stores in Pacific Northwest forests. Margaret Morales, Sightline, August 5th 2020 The temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest are the Olympic athletes of the carbon world. They can store more carbon, acre for acre, than nearly any ecosystem on earth. A single acre of old growth in the Oregon or […]

Coastal SOCAN Cherishes the Chetco

Notes on Saturday August 8th ‘Cherish the Chetco’ by Coastal SOCAN leader Ed Patterson This is just a quick summary of our Cherish the Chetco activities.  We set up our canopy yesterday outside the Riverside Market because the Loeb park where we were last time was closed.  Even with the canopy it was very hot.  We […]