climate change

The high temperature in Medford hit 105 Monday, 26 degrees above what is considered "normal" for the date. 

So let's talk weather and climate in VENTSday... do you need any more convincing that things are different? 

Our other topic: letting states place their own regulations on campaign spending.  What do you think? 

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center. We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

Filing Suit To Clear The Air

Apr 27, 2015
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The defendant name has changed, but the lawsuit is the same. 

A pair of Lane County teenagers are suing Oregon's governor (now Brown, not Kitzhaber) over climate change. 

Chernaik v Brown would require the state to develop a plan for dealing with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

The suit is the brainchild of Our Children's Trust, based in Eugene. 

Just HOW Much Warmer We Are

Apr 2, 2015
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It's a different world we're leaving our kids. 

A warmer one, certainly. 

A recent report from Environment Oregon shows that Oregon is clearly warmer than it was generations ago... and the Millennial generation reached adulthood in the hottest ten years in the last century. 

Making Markets For Carbon Trading

Mar 31, 2015
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Even if you know the basics of carbon taxes and fees--to charge polluters for putting carbon in the air--the details can blow some smoke into your brain. 

Tom Bowerman at Policy Interactive has a grasp of the details. 

He wrote bills currently before the Oregon legislature that would set up carbon cost mechanisms. 

Pump It Up: Oregon's Clean Fuels Debate

Mar 25, 2015
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The Oregon legislature recently voted to continue the "clean fuels" program begun six years ago. 

The program requires companies selling motor fuels in Oregon to reduce carbon by 10% over the next ten years. 

The Oregon Environmental Council and other groups pushed for the passage of this year's bill, despite warnings from opponents that passage could set up fights over transportation funding. 

Youth Lawsuit On Climate Change Moves Ahead

Jan 15, 2015
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We always talk about leaving the planet in good shape for future generations. 

With climate change, that might not be so easy. 

And that's exactly the point seized upon by Our Children's Trust

OCT files lawsuits in the name of children, seeking to trigger government action to protect young people from climate change impacts. 

Carbon Money: $2 Billion Question

Dec 4, 2014
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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. 

HOW Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Coast

Nov 11, 2014
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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.

Changing Climate In The Courts

Jun 19, 2014
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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. 

Eugene Council Considers Climate

Jun 3, 2014
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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. 

A Regional Look At The National Climate Report

May 15, 2014
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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. 

Earth Day Observed By "Walk For The Planet"

Apr 18, 2014
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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. 

New Society Books

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. 

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

Nov 7, 2013
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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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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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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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National Park Service

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.

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.

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.