The Future of Fine Wines in the Applegate Valley

Alan Journet,  The Applegater, December 2021 Most Applegate Valley residents involved in agriculture and forestry know their future success depends on the climate. All plants require the climate in which they have succeeded historically.…

FOSSIL FUELED FOREIGN POLICY: WHY COP26 FLOPPED

Western observers want to blame India for the failure of the UN climate talks. Not so fast. Basav Sen, December 1st 2021 Foreign Policy in Focus The UN climate talks (Conference of the Parties, or COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded in…

This may really be the end of the ZOMBIE

SOME CHEERING NEWS! The Zombie Project seems to be dead! Pembina, the Canadian company behind the disastrous Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility and Pacific Connector Pipeline projects has withdrawn its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory…

Climate Change and Life on Earth

Alan Journet,  November 30 2021 We are dependent on the biological world from which we evolved for our survival. Despite this obvious reality, many individuals ignore the impact of global warming and its climate change consequences on that…

My AML Analog for the Climate Crisis – A Personal Story

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a bone marrow cancer. My experience with AML reminds me where we are in the climate crisis Alan Journet,  November 23rd 2021 As Thanksgiving approaches another year has passed and I reflect on the many…

Oregon trees cooked during summer heat waves

Drought and intense heat waves delivered a “knockout punch” for hundreds of thousands of acres’ worth of Oregon trees this summer. Bradley Parks, OPB November 22, 2021 This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever…

Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere

The chemical signature of methane released from fracking is found in the atmosphere, pointing to shale gas operations as the culprit. Stephen Leahy National Geographic, August 15 2019 Scientists have measured big increases in the amount…

EQC Approves Clean Trucks Rule, a Significant Move toward Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Human Health

Trucks powered by diesel are among the greatest emitters of toxic pollutants in the state.  The state Department of Environmental Quality proposed that Oregon should adopt rule in effect in California requiring that truck manufacturers increase…

Climate Reparations

A trillion tons of carbon hangs in the air, put there by the world’s rich, an existential threat to its poor. Can we remove it? David Wallace-Wells Intelligencer, Nov 1, 2021 This is a long read but offers more than a small does…

GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECTS YOU CAN PLUG-IN TO

Tyler Ridgle, KDRV October 27th 2021 ROGUE VALLEY, ORE. -- Southern Oregon Climate Action Now believes one of the most effective actions individuals can take to address the climate crisis is to electrify their lives as much as possible. The…

Off-Site Solar is a Win for Ashland Food Co-op 

By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, Ashland Climate Action Project of SOCAN. The Ashland Food Co-op has significantly increased its investment in solar energy in recent months. In April, the company turned on the switch for a new 528-panel array installed…

Bigleaf maple decline tied to hotter, drier summers in Washington

Michelle Ma September 30 Washington University News As its name suggests, the bigleaf maple tree’s massive leaves are perhaps its most distinctive quality. A native to the Pacific Northwest’s wet westside forests, these towering trees…

Oregon has a new plan for cutting climate pollution

Climate Protection Program would cap and reduce fossil fuel emissions Casandra Profita, OPB, October 11, 2021 After years of trying and failing to launch a cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions economy-wide, Oregon has a new plan…

Trees, fighters of climate change, are also victims of it

As the weather becomes more extreme, the trees that are synonymous with Washington are suffering. Julie Titone, Herald Net, October 10, 2021 Climate change is coming for our neighbors, the trees. Intense heat and rainfall can stress…

With a Warming Climate, Coastal Fog Around the World Is Declining

With a Warming Climate, Coastal Fog Around the World Is Declining By Bob Berwyn, David Hasemyer, Mallory Pickett, Inside Climate News, October 10 2021 Fog is a defining element of summer in Santa Cruz, obscuring the view of day trippers…

Extreme heat is one of the deadliest consequences of climate change.

But California undercounts the human toll......even as heat waves become more frequent and more deadly. By Anna M. Phillips, Tony Barboza, Ruben Vives and Sean Greene, Photography by Genaro Molina  LA Times, October 7, 2021 It…

Biden administration releases alarming reports on climate change challenges

The reports from 23 federal agencies examine how climate change will disrupt nearly all aspects of life, including more traffic and disease. The White House, Lauren Egan, October 7 2021 WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen federal agencies released…

We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change

Environmental groups focused on climate change want to eliminate natural gas use in buildings, and that includes cooking with gas stoves Jeff Brady, npr October 7 2021 Americans love their gas stoves. It's a romance fueled by a decades-old…

Jeremy Richardson: Manchin key to once-in-a-generation boost (Opinion)

Jeremy Richardson, Charleston Gazette Mail October 5 2021 Once in a generation, Congress has a chance to make transformational change. We have reached that moment — and visionary thinking is what will launch West Virginia into…

How climate models got so accurate they earned a Nobel Prize

The ability of climate models to predict levels of warming, and to attribute natural disasters directly to climate change, has gone from being intensely criticized to winning a Nobel Prize for Physics this year. Kieran Mulvaney, National…

Groups Push for Stronger Action in OR Climate-Protection Program

Eric Tegethoff, Oregon Public News Service, September 28th, 2021 PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draft rules are out for a program designed to confront climate change in Oregon, but organizations say it does not go far enough to curb emissions and protect…

SOCAN Comments on DEQ Draft Climate Protection Program Rules

Comments on the DEQ Climate Protection Program Rules I write as co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) an organization of 1500 rural Southern Oregonians. SOCAN has a Mission of promoting awareness and understanding…

Guest View: Rural Oregon seeks bold action on climate

Alan Journet, Eugene Register Guard,  September 18, 2021 Also appeared in Klamath Falls Herald & News on September 14th and Medford Mail Tribune and Ashland Edition (formerly Ashland Daily Tidings) September 23rd, "Code red for humanity." Thus,…