climate change

Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Carbon Money: $2 Billion Question

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Discussions of climate change focus on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, and finding ways to reduce what humans release. 

But if you're going to tax or charge for carbon emissions, how much?  And how should the money be used? 

Those issues will be discussed this weekend at a Medford event, "The Two Billion Dollar Question."

The organization Oregon Climate set up the event. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

HOW Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Coast

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One of the features of global warming will be a rise in sea levels. 

So coastal areas will notice some of the most severe effects if the climate continues to change. 

Which causes us to think a bit differently about the big ocean just west of us. 

Geologist Dr. Jonathan Allan has been thinking about it for a long time.  

He'll present a lecture on shoreline erosion and flood hazards this week in Coos Bay.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Changing Climate In The Courts

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Addressing climate change through government is the domain of the executive and legislative branches. 

But how much are they doing? 

Not very much at all, in the eyes of some observers. 

So they filed lawsuits to force government action on the climate. 

At least one court would not even hear the case. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Eugene Council Considers Climate

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"Think globally, act locally" may get its biggest test in the realm of climate change. 

And local groups are indeed taking a number of approaches to the issue. 

In Eugene, young people presented the city council with a Climate Recovery Ordinance. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Regional Look At The National Climate Report

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Denial does not equal defense. 

Global warming may still be denied by some segments of the population, but the evidence of its existence is overwhelming. 

And that evidence includes the recent release of the National Climate Assessment.

The report shows the effects of climate change reaching to every one of the 50 states. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Earth Day Observed By "Walk For The Planet"

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44 years after the first Earth Day, a few things are different. 

We no longer fear blowing up the planet with nuclear weapons. 

Slow cooking it, though... there's plenty of concern about that. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:35 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

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Just how hot will it get as climate change continues? 

Even if we don't notice the heat, what will rising sea levels do to coastal communities?  These are the questions Giles Slade considers in his book  American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:38 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

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The inability of Congress to agree on much of anything slows down legislation in many fronts. 

Climate change is one of these, and political leaders in the West are not waiting around. 

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Global Warming
11:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Climate Plan That Time Forgot

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Last week, the leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia gathered in San Francisco. 

They pledged to take bold, coordinated action to combat climate change. But as Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains , the unveiling of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has an undercurrent of déjà vu.

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Western States Leaders Announce Pledge
5:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Governors Unite To Promote Clean Energy

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The governors of Oregon, Washington, and California are joining a Canadian province Monday to announce a partnership to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.

The regional leaders will announce the partnership today at a San Francisco event.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 9, 2013
11:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

VENTSday-Local Action On Global Warming + Money In Politics

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Environment
6:34 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park

Webcam shot from Steel Visitor Center at Crater Lake, September 26.
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Autumn has barely arrived in Oregon, and already snow has fallen at Crater Lake.

Park official Marsha McCabe says there was an unusually early snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, with eight inches on the ground.

McCabe says September snowfall at the National Park is rare-usually a dusting of an inch or two.

But when things get going in the winter, the snowfall at Crater Lake averages more than 500 inches a year.

McCabe says the North Entrance to the part and West Rim Drive are temporarily closed, but should be reopened by the weekend as the forecast calls for nice weather.

Court Supports Environmental Efforts
6:45 am
Thu September 19, 2013

California Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Efforts Upheld

California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been upheld by a federal court.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's low carbon fuel standard discriminates against out-of-state producers.

The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the fuel makers, and removes an injunction halting implementation of the law.

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Wildfire Aftermath
6:43 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Forest Fires Make Snowpack Melt Faster

Charred forests left behind by wildfires make the mountain snowpack melt faster, according to a new study.Western rivers depend on the snowpack.

Study author, OSU doctoral student Kelly Gleason, says they found more snow fell in burned forests than in green ones. But the snow melted off twice as fast in burned forests, and was gone 23 days earlier. The reason was the black bits sloughing off the charred trees onto the snow intensified the heat from the sun.

Eighty percent of forest fires are in the snow zone.