Becky Ham, AAAS Office of Public Programs, June 27, 2019
Global climate change had a very local, if bitter, flavor for Oregon residents last year. It was the taste of wineries rejecting tons of grapes tainted by wildfire smoke and residents watching millions of dollars lost when smoke forced summer tourists inside. And it was the grit in the mouth of an Oregon State University Ph.D. student resigned to wearing a mask in his laboratory to keep from inhaling smoke- and particle-clogged air from the fires.
At the 100th meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in Ashland, Oregon June 18-21, community members and researchers discussed such specific and urgent impacts of climate change — and many others — on the regional economy and culture of the western United States.