Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings, December 8, 2018, Medford Mail Tribune, December 10, 2018

The 2018 United Nations report clearly identified the need to keep warming below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. The 2018 U.S. Global Change Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment Report warning of the destruction and economic costs of global warming then stimulated a litany of false claims apparently designed to redirect public attention.

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Letter to Editor by Bob Scheelen, Medford Mail Tribune, December 4, 2018

Republicans have declared themselves irrelevant on the largest issue of this century: the race to mitigate the civilization-threatening effects of human-caused climate devastation.

The Republican climate change denier caucus yells hoax in the face of overwhelming scientific and experiential evidence, summarized in the latest IPCC report and the administration’s own Fourth National Climate Assessment. These reports warn we have limited time to make changes in our societies to limit destruction from climate change. We are already experiencing such devastation in town-destroying forest fires, droughts, mega hurricanes, reductions of insect populations necessary to our ecosystems, chronic coastal flooding.

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Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil, Medford Mail Tribune,  December 4 2018

The term “natural disaster” was used several times in articles in the Mail Tribune (Nov. 25). Lumping disasters clearly enhanced by human stupidity under the heading “natural” clearly helps us evade responsibility. But it’s not very accurate.

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Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, December 3, 2018

As you’ve heard: “Denial ain’t a river in Egypt!” Denial flows from Washington, D.C. to the western states.

Data indicate that the area burned by fire has been increasing over the last few decades. But data also tell us that going back a century and beyond, the area of western forests burned was much greater than today.

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Letter to Editor by David Beale, Medford Mail Tribune, November 30 2018

A good answer to our horrible wildfire and smoke problem has already been worked out and approved by our local governments. Let’s not spend another 10 years in studies figuring out what to do. We just have to fund the plan, and it will be expensive.

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Alan Journet with Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, SOCAN, was our in-studio guest as we dug into recent reports that are BLEAK for planet earth.  George Mann joined us briefly during the show with a shout-out for Nancy Spencer who has recently passed away.  During the show we heard three of Nancy’s songs, wonderful tunes played on the saw.

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Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, November 28 2018; Medford Mail Tribune December 2 2018

Sorry folks! Climate change is not a maybe.

Fire season is supposed to be over; we are faced with the fact that our area can experience a Paradise, California. The effects of climate change are threatening human existence — not just the polar bears and the honeybees.

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Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, November 26, 2018

As you’ve heard: “Denial ain’t a river in Egypt!” Denial flows from Washington, D.C. to the western states.

Data indicate that the area burned by fire has been increasing over the last few decades. But data also tell us that going back a century and beyond, the area of western forests burned was much greater than today.

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Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings, September 11, 2018; Also appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune September 13 as “Barking Up the Wrong Tree”

Struggling to find opposing views can result in imbalance. Such occurred in the point/counterpoint columns on wildfire (Sunday, Sept. 2). One side offered an environmental scientist (Frey) who quoted science while the other offered a humanist (Matthews) who quoted politicians, (McClintock and Trump) while ignoring science.

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Guest Opinion in The Applegater, Fall 2018 Issue

As residents of the Applegate Valley, we can ignore the data and our own eyes as some argue we should. Alternatively, we can be a little smarter; we can acknowledge what is happening and then both prepare for the future and commit to reducing the problem.

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