climate change

Ashland Divestment
7:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

File photo of a truck at a Wyoming coal mine. Ashland has become the second Oregon city to formally come out against the investment of its dollars in coal and other fossil fuel industries.
Credit Katie Campbell

The city of Ashland passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It joins Eugene as the only other Northwest city to take this kind of action to fight climate change.

The scope of the resolution is limited.

Read more
Climate Change
5:27 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

CO2 Not To Blame For Climate Change In The Northwest?

The Oregon Coast in Woods, Oregon. A new study says that the change in wind patterns are causing warming temperatures.
Credit Patrick M / flickr

Changing wind patterns are to blame for warming temperatures in the Northwest, according to the study. Climatologist James Johnstone was the lead author, and he says, "Basically all of the warming in the Northeast Pacific ocean has been wind driven."

Read more
The Wilderness Act
7:34 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Climate Change Creates Challenges For A Wilderness Pine Tree

A dying whitebark pine in Crater Lake National Park. The National Park Service is planning to plant disease-resistant varieties in its wilderness zones but the Forest Service says the Wilderness Act prevents it from doing so in its wilderness areas.
Credit Amelia Templeton

Scientists say whitebark pines are one of the Northwest’s most iconic and ecologically important trees — the majority of which are found in rugged wilderness.

Read more
Wolverine Species Comeback
5:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all.
Credit Steve Kroschel / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore is unwarranted at this time.

Read more
Wildfire Planning
6:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains.

Read more
Washington Wildfire Costs
6:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Washington Fires Cost $50 Million, More Costs Expected

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million dollars.
Credit Josh O'Connor / Flickr

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says we can expect even more expensive fires in the years ahead.

Read more
Climate Change
6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Obama’s Climate Initiatives Include Mapping Technology

A 3-D map of the Olympic National Forest.
Credit Martin D. Adamiker / Wikimedia

Today President Obama announced several initiatives to help prepare for a warming climate. He said wildfires, heat waves and rising sea levels brought on by climate change threaten public safety.

Read more