Ashland Climate Commission Sounds the Alarm

Ashland’s Climate Policy Commission issued a strongly worded declaration to the City Council at the Council's September 7 business meeting. "All is not well,” CPC told the Council, citing the most recent progress report on the city’s…
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Big oil’s ‘wokewashing’ is the new climate science denialism

Academic researchers say the fossil fuel industry has a new tool to delay efforts to curb emissions – a social justice strategy Amy Westervelt The Guardian.com, September 9, 2021 ExxonMobil has been touting its commitment to…

Rural Oregon Seeks Bold Action

Alan Journet, Co-facilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now “Code Red for Humanity” Thus, U.N. Secretary General Guterres introduced the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. If global warming continues, our natural…

SOCAN joins meeting with Senator Merkley staff

Senator Jeff Merkley's Natural Resources Policy Adviser Ben Schreiber visited Southern Oregon on September 1st with regional Field Representative Dahna Black to discuss regional perspectives on environment and social justice issues with Unite…
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Long considered a “clean” energy source, hydropower can actually be bad for climate

 Ilissa Ocko /EDF / Published: November 15, 2019 A new EDF study published this week in Environmental Science and Technology shows that hydropower — the leading renewable energy technology projected to grow rapidly — is not always…

The Moral Imperative: A Dose of Reality

An addition to the SOCAN 'General Science and Climate Change' page by Alan Journet. For some two and a half centuries we have all enjoyed the benefits of advancing mechanization and technology born of the invention of the steam engine and…

Aligning our Transportation with Climate Priorities

Spotlight on Climate Solutions: #21 -- Friday August 27, 2021.  By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, Ashland Climate Action Project. Transportation is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Ashland. So if we are serious about reducing…

Climate Change Puts Added Pressure On Native Plants And Animals

SOCAN General meeting presenters John Villella and Michael Parker appeared on the Jefferson Exchange, August 26th, 2021 John and Michael visited JPR on August 26th to offer a preview of their presentations. The interview is available her…

As Subsidies Roll in, the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Winning Efforts to Cast Blue Hydrogen as a ‘Clean’ Fuel

From the U.S. to Japan, governments are quickly putting money behind oil and gas industry efforts selling blue hydrogen produced by natural gas with carbon capture as a clean fuel for the energy transition. But new research finds blue hydrogen…

METHANE GAS: HEALTH, SAFETY, & DECARBONIZATION Setting the record straight

SOCAN endorses this report: Nick Caleb, J.D., LL.M., Breach Collective Katherine Muller, Ph.D. Dineen O’Rourke, 350PDX Anne Pernick, Stand.earth Melanie Plaut, M.D. Dylan Plummer, Sierra Club Daniel Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper Brian…

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Quietly Scoring Big Money for Their Preferred Climate Solution: Carbon Capture and Storage

The industry has been pushing through policies devoting billions of dollars to the technology, and much more is likely to come with legislation pending before Congress. Nicholas Kusnetz Inside Climate News, August 17th 2021 Over the last…

The state of Climate action (August 2021) interview on KSKQ

The Age of Adventure is broadcast monthly on KSKQ.  On August 6, host Rick Vann interviewed SOCAN co-facilitator Alan Journet on the state of climate action in Oregon. The interview is available below: .

Food forest offers hands-on education about food systems

Allayanna Darrow, August 13 20201 Medford Mail Tribune ASHLAND — This autumn, a collaboration of the fifth-grade class at Bellview Elementary School, volunteers from the Bellview Grange and farmer Chris Hardy will plant a demonstration food…

Recology is Cleaning Things Up

Spotlight #20: August 13, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, Ashland Climate Action Project AT A TIME WHEN CLIMATE CHANGE FEELS OMNIPRESENT -  it’s reassuring and even energizing to shine the light on companies and individuals working to reduce…

“This Was Avoidable,” Climate Activists Say About Grim New Science

The United Nations’ latest climate report says capping global temperature rise at 1.5° C is imperative—and still within reach through immediate, aggressive action. Mark Hertsgaard,  The Nation, August 8, 2021 This story is part of Covering…

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Is a Return to the Old Way of Politics. That’s A Problem for the Climate

Michael Mann, Time, August 6 2021 Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He is author of the recently released book, The New Climate War:…

Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here’s what we’re seeing at 5 long-term research sites

Christie A. Bahlai, John J. Battles, Natalie L. Cleavitt, Timothy J. Fahey, David Samuel Johnson, Douglas A. Landis, Joe Sullivan, Laura Templeton and Natalie S. Van Doorn The Conversation, August 3rd 2021 Record-breaking heat waves…
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When Climate Change Comes to Town

Spotlight #19: July 23, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, Ashland Climate Action Project CLIMATE CHANGE FEELS PRETTY REAL IN SOUTHERN OREGON LATELY. Most of us just experienced the hottest temperatures of our lifetimes. Our gardens are scorched.…

Ashland climate activists protest Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

Further news coverage - KDRV Channel 12, of the protest demonstration in Ashland against banks funding fossil fuel extraction and pipelines. Tyler Ridgle reporting -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXq15UF2qns

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Kevin MacNamara, KTVL July 16, 2021 Jackson County, OR — Environmental activists rallied in Ashland on Friday, going from bank to bank to protest Wall Street's involvement in the Enbridge Pipeline, which is set to transport 760,000 barrels…

Western North American extreme heat virtually impossible without human-caused climate change

During the last days of June 2021, Pacific northwest areas of the U.S. and Canada experienced temperatures never previously observed, with records broken in many places by several degrees Celsius. World Weather Attribution,  July 7 2021. Multiple…

Marsh Helps Deliver “Distinctly Oregonian” Climate Solutions

Spotlight #18: July 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project Part 2 of a series.  Click here to read Part 1.  OREGON HAS A NEW CLIMATE HERO, AND SHE LIVES RIGHT HERE IN ASHLAND. As Chair of the House Committee…

Leaked UN draft report warns of accelerating climate devastation

Devastating climate effects from unliveable heat to more widespread disease are accelerating and will become obvious within 30 years, draft UN report says. A leaked draft report from the United Nations has painted a distressing picture of…

Oregon climate crisis

LTE by Alan Journet, MMT & ADT June 30th 2021 In Representative Marsh and Senator Golden, Southern Oregon has legislators who accept climate science and understand that climate change and the consequent increasing wildfire risk need to…