Entries by Alan Journet

Fire-resistant, low-flammable plants are best options to help create fire smart landscaping for your yard

Janet Eastman, The Oregonian/Oregon Live, March 31, 2022 Garden centers and nurseries are bursting with plants that are drought tolerant, pollinator friendly and deer resistant. They also have ground covers, shrubs and trees that are less likely to fuel a fire if kept healthy and growing far enough from flammable structures. No plant is fireproof, […]

Comments to Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Northwest Natural gas rate hike

Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now 7113 Griffin Lane Jacksonville Oregon 97530 – 9342 541-301-4107 alan@socan.eco March 8th 2022 Chair Decker and members of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission: I write as cofacilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, an organization of over 1600 rural Southern Oregonians concerned about climate change. […]

Complex Models Now Gauge the Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Production. The Results Are ‘Alarming’

Georgina Gustin, March 27, 2022 Inside Climate News Climate change is a “threat multiplier,” making hunger emergencies worse. Advanced modeling shows that crop yields could plummet, faster than expected. Inside dozens of bankers boxes, stacked high in a storage locker in New York City, Cynthia Rosenzweig has stashed the work of decades: Legal pads covered […]

SOCAN studies wildfire trends and projections for Southern Oregon

Tyler Ridgle, KDRV-tv March 22, 2022 MEDFORD, Ore. — Wildfires spark in Northern California and Southern Oregon every year. Although everyone living in the region expects them, not everyone understands why fires seem larger each fire season. Alan Journet, Co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) will speak on Thursday, March 24th for Medford’s […]

In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things

Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, March 18, 2022 On the last day of February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its most dire report yet. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, had, he said, “seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this.” Setting aside diplomatic language, he described the […]

Water outlook bleak for Rogue Valley

Vickie Aldous, Medford Mail Tribune, March 17, 2022 Irrigation water supplies at historically low levels Local farms and orchards are likely to face an irrigation season this year that is even worse than last year’s historically short season. After years of drought, water levels are at record-breaking lows in reservoirs that feed irrigation systems in […]