Jefferson Exchange, Tuesday February 19th, 9:00am segment

Insects outweigh humans on the Earth.  So when the large numbers of insects become somewhat smaller numbers, there is cause for concern.

A long-term review of scientific research shows insects going instinct at an alarming rate; up to 40 percent of all species could be at risk.

Entomologists can give us some insight into causes and effects; Alan Journet of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now is retired, but paying plenty of attention.  So is Lynn Kimsey at the University of California-Davis, as well as Kristina Lefever at the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley.

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Alan Journet & Gary Clarida interviewed by Robert Hastings of Rosebud Media

Alan Journet and Gary Clarida are two active members of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, or SOCAN for short. It’s an environmental protection and activism group seeking to promote education and awareness about the necessity of wildfire, it’s manageability, and it’s very nature. As the general public has been aware for some time, wildfires in the Pacific Northwest have been getting increasingly worse and worse. Alan and Gary attribute this to several things over the course of their interviews with Rosebud.

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Boyd Allen, Curry Coastal Pilot February 22 2019

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) representatives presented evidence in support of climate action Tuesday at the Chetco Community Public Library.

Local advocates for climate action Bill Gorham and Ed Patterson were recruiting people for a local group – Coastal SOCAN – to support climate initiatives in Curry County.

SOCAN presenters Alan Journet and Kathy Conway of Medford used evidence to support Oregon House Bill 2020, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon.

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Alistair Doyle, Reuters February 25th 2019

OSLO (Reuters) – Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday.

“Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years.

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The 12 senators co-sponsoring the Green New Deal resolution that Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) unveiled earlier this month have accepted nearly $1.1 million from oil, gas and coal companies since entering Congress.

But the 88 senators who have declined to support the measure have collected far more from those industries ― close to $59 million, according to nonprofit Oil Change USA, which analyzed 30 years of data. That comes out to about $670,000 per non-backer, or more than 7 times what the average sponsor took in.

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It traps atmospheric heat 87 times more effectively than CO2, then it becomes CO2 itself.

Tarika Powell, Sightline – February 12, 2019

Methane, the primary component of fracked gas, is a highly questionable solution for decarbonization or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Fracked gas is commonly purported to be a “cleaner” alternative to other fossil fuels but that notion comes from looking at only a pixel in the full emissions picture. Our common understandings are inaccurate. When researchers examine the full climate impact of natural gas, many conclude that it is not substantially better than other fossil fuels and under some circumstances may even be worse.

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Cassandra Profita JPR February 10 2019

A new economic report finds Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade plan would create thousands of jobs and boost household income while creating only modest increases in energy prices.

Moreover, the report concludes, the more aggressive interim cap on greenhouse gas emissions proposed for 2035 would create even more economic benefits than a more gradual decline in emissions from 2021 and 2050.

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Wherever the word ‘carbon’ appears correct it in your mind to ‘greenhouse gas(es)’

SALEM — After nearly a year of work by a legislative committee, a bill released Thursday afternoon outlines how Oregon would drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and become the second state to implement a cap and trade system.

The anticipated legislation — criticized before it even appeared — instantly became the talk of the Capitol, though many legislators weren’t exactly certain what had emerged. At 98 pages, the legislation is more something to devour after dinner with a bottle of wine than something to skim through between committee hearings.

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Ryan Bort,  Rolling Stone, January 31st 2019

The president may not believe in climate change, but that isn’t stopping Democrats from pressing forward with efforts to pass meaningful legislation to fight the existential threat of our time. On Thursday Axios reported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) are preparing to unveil a bill for a Green New Deal as early as next week.

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Two interpretations of this recently promoted proposition:

European colonization of the Americas killed 10% of world population and caused global cooling

While Europe was in the early days of the Renaissance, there were empires in the Americas sustaining more than 60m people. But the first European contact in 1492 brought diseases to the Americas which devastated the native population and the resultant collapse of farming in the Americas was so significant that it may have even cooled the global climate.

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European colonizers killed so many Native Americans that it changed the global climate, researchers say

Lauren Kent, CNN, February 1st 2019

When Europeans arrived in the Americas, they caused so much death and disease that it changed the global climate, a new study finds.

European settlers killed 56 million indigenous people over about 100 years in South, Central and North America, causing large swaths of farmland to be abandoned and reforested, researchers at University College London, or UCL, estimate. The increase in trees and vegetation across an area the size of France resulted in a massive decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, according to the study.