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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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Urges to action on climate change frequently come with critiques of current business practices.

Now businesses are joining forces to make their own call for action on climate change. 

The Oregon Business Climate Declaration is about THE climate, not "business climate." 

And companies from Nike to Dutch Bros. are among the roughly 400 businesses signing on. 

Our Children's Trust

The teenagers who sued the state of Oregon over climate change got their day in court.

And the court said no, in essence.  Now the teens are appealing their case to a higher court. 

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Unusual events related to global warming are not restricted to unexpected weather patterns.

The oceans are very much part of the picture as well. 

Witness: "The Blob," an area of the Pacific about seven degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer than the water around it, first noticed nearly two years ago. 

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University is monitoring "The Blob" and many other climate phenomenon. 

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If you're concerned about global warming, it stands to reason that you think about the future.

The people of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now--SOCAN--are thinking long-term and a few months down the road. 

October is when SOCAN hosts a climate summit, "Our Critical Climate," in downtown Medford. 

An impressive list of speakers is already shaping up.

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. 

Imagining A Post-Growth World

Feb 13, 2015
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The general impression, at least in American society, is that the economy is doing poorly if it is not growing. 

But a single planet with finite resources presents some obvious limits to growth. 

Defenders of slow or no growth say it's better for the planet if we don't think in terms of constant expansion. 

Donnie Maclurcan, teacher and executive director of the Post Growth Institute, works to get that point of view across. 

The Mechanics Of Reversing Climate Change

Jan 14, 2015
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Just how warm can the planet get?  And just how badly do we NOT want to find out? 

Those are some of the key questions as the Earth and its residents come to grips with climate change. 

Yreka geologist Kevin Downing says we should be considering moves like carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

He'll present his views at an upcoming meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Answers For Oysters With Shell Trouble

Dec 18, 2014
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It's a tough life for a newly hatched oyster.  Shellfish have 48 hours after hatching to form a shell, or they die. 

And current ocean conditions make it harder for the shellfish larvae to make shells. 

Ocean researchers including George Waldbusser at Oregon State just studied the factors. 

The increasing acidity of the oceans is one, but there are others to take into account. 

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. 

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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