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In NorCal, Denny Area Fire Doubles in Size; Hyampom Surrounded By Fires

UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 11 AM ... A new infrared survey conducted last night shows that several of the Trinity County fires near Denny ("River Complex") have merged. Hyampom (now the "South Complex") has fires to the South, West, North, and Northeast. A warming and drying trend is expected through Thursday. Significant lightning potential is forecast for Friday. Mandatory evacuations have been expanded.
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Obama Clean Power Plan Demands Emissions Reductions From States

The Obama administration set carbon dioxide limits for electric power plants Monday. The objective is to combat climate change by clamping down on power plant pollution, especially coal-fired electricity.
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A "Power Shift" Toward Solar Energy

The source of global warming is up there, but not visible: the greenhouse gases that are warming up the planet. The solution is up there, too: energy from the sun. So says Robert Arthur Stayton in his book Power Shift: From Fossil Energy To Dynamic Solar Power. He shoves aside the concerns about expense and economic dislocation, and paints an optimistic picture of a future in which we get 100% of our power needs met by the sun.
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The GMO Bill In Congress: Does It, Or Not?

The letters G, M, and O aren't even words, but they've certainly become fighting words. Witness the U.S. House of Representatives' recent passage of HR 1599. Officially, it's the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015," a move to prevent states from passing their own genetically modified (GMO) food labeling laws. Which is why anti-GMO groups call it "the DARK Act"--for "Deny Americans the Right to Know"--and some other names we won't print. One of the most-debated provisions concerns local bans on GMO crops, as in Jackson County. Would the bill prohibit those or not? We hear both opinions in this hour... Gail Greenman from the Oregon Farm Bureau says there's no such provision. She'll be followed by George Kimbrell at the Center for Food Safety, who says there is.
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'Wild' Draws Huge Crowds To The Pacific Crest Trail

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Leslie McClurg

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Usually, a few hundred hardy souls make the trek every year. But this year, the number of people attempting the arduous journey is in the thousands.

Stephanie Fritz/ LostCoastOutpost

UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 11 AM ... A new infrared survey conducted last night shows that several of the Trinity County fires near Denny  ("River Complex") have merged. Hyampom (now the "South Complex")  has fires to the South, West, North, and Northeast. A warming and drying trend is expected through Thursday. Significant lightning potential is forecast for Friday. Mandatory evacuations have been expanded.

 

Oregon Energy Tax Credit Sales Under Investigation

Aug 3, 2015

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office has requested documents in an investigation of the state Department of Energy. The probe relates to tax credits for renewable energy projects.

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The logging in National Forests these days is often called “thinning” or “restoration.” The forest service allows harvest of small trees and leaves bigger ones intact, in hopes of making the forest more resilient to fire. But companies that rely on that timber say it’s a business model that makes it hard to break even.

Kyle Reed/DFPA

UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 10:20 A.M. ... Fire officials report Monday was a successful day on the Cable Crossing Fire. The mop up operations allowed firefighters to tighten their grip on the fire, the perimeter of the fire showed no growth. The fire is now at 1,819 acres and 30 percent contained.

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UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 10:00 A.M. ... On Monday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions by constructing fire lines and conducting burn out operations on the Stouts fire, burning east of Canyonville in Douglas County.  Fire officials stated that four or five more days as productive as yesterday will make the difference.

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The letters G, M, and O aren't even words, but they've certainly become fighting words.

Witness the U.S. House of Representatives' recent passage of HR 1599. 

Officially, it's the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015," a move to prevent states from passing their own genetically modified (GMO) food labeling laws. 

Which is why anti-GMO groups call it "the DARK Act"--for "Deny Americans the Right to Know"--and some other names we won't print. 

One of the most-debated provisions concerns local bans on GMO crops, as in Jackson County. 

Would the bill prohibit those or not?  We hear both opinions in this hour... Gail Greenman from the Oregon Farm Bureau says there's no such provision. 

She'll be followed by George Kimbrell at the Center for Food Safety, who says there is. 

Geoffrey Riley/JPR

UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 10:45 A.M. ... Public health officials in Klamath County are urging residents to take precautions as smoke from fires in Oregon and California continues to harm air quality in southwestern Oregon. Small particulate measurements in the region are better this morning than they were Monday afternoon, but smoke levels and weather conditions continue to fluctuate, meaning air quality could easily deteriorate through the day as fire activity picks up.

Rail Fire Adds to Hayfork Fire Woes

Jul 31, 2015

UPDATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 11:00 A.M. ... JPR's reporting on these fires has now been combined with our reporting on new fires in Trinity County. For updated information, follow this link ...

  

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Nobody's in a position to wave a magic wand and make global warming stop.

One of the frustrating things about dealing with the issue is its vastness. 

But many people have pointed out the need for action within our communities, and that's what CivicSpark is about. 

It is an AmericaCorps program charged by California's governor with helping local communities address climate change. 

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