climate change

Environment
5:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

2014: The Hottest Year On Record, Warm In NW Too

2014 Global temperature anomaly map. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Credit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Cente

2014 was the hottest year on record. That’s according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the Northwest, temperatures also rose above normal.

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.

The hottest year for both states is still 1934, when the Dust Bowl plagued the West.

Karin Bumbaco is the assistant state climatologist in Washington.

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Climate Change
8:17 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Eugene Teen Featured On National TV Talk Show

South Eugene High School graduate Kelsey Juliana appeared on the public television show Moyers and Company this week.
Credit Billmoyers.com

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Eugene Sunday to rally for more action on climate change. This is in solidarity with a Global Climate march focused on the United Nations Climate Summit taking place this week in New York.

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Climate Change
2:07 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Climate March Sunday Parallels New York City Event

The biggest climate march in history is happening on Sunday, and Oregon is joining in. Events around the world will bring together hundreds of organizations in a call for action to protect the air, food and water.

Demonstrations are centered in New York City, where a U.N. Climate Summit takes place Tuesday. The gathering in New York is expected to attract over 200-thousand people. Local rallies are planned for several Oregon communities, including Eugene.

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Yachats Commons
6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age

Dr. Mary Christina Wood
Credit University of Oregon

Dr. Mary Christina Wood is the founding director of the University of Oregon’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and the author of the new book Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, in which she uses her expertise in environmental law to argue for a new legal approach to preservation of vital natural resources. The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences will present a talk by Dr. Wood on Sunday, September 7th, and she joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Eugene Teen Walks The Talk On Climate Change

Kelsey Juliana is participating in a walk across the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A teen from Eugene has taken her activism on the road. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with her by phone as she walks across the U.S. in the Great March for Climate Action.

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Climate Change
10:26 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene Passes Climate Ordinance

Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed the Climate Recovery Ordinance.
Credit City of Eugene

Advocates of a climate reduction plan say Eugene is the first city in the country to put its carbon reduction targets into law. The City Council Monday passed the Climate Recovery Ordinance with a 6 to 2 vote.

The proposal includes a plan to reduce the city's output of greenhouse gasses, monitor progress, and requires the city manager to bring back a community carbon reduction goal. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed the ordinance, but he credits young people for pushing for action on climate change.

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City Of Eugene
3:10 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Eugene City Council To Vote On Climate Change Ordinance

Councilor Alen Zelenka
Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is set to vote on a Climate Recovery Ordinance tonight. The proposal includes a plan to reduce the city's output of greenhouse gasses, monitor progress, and requires the city manager to bring back a community gas reduction goal. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed the ordinance. He says the majority of Eugenians showed support for the measure during the public comment period last week.

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Climate Change
7:13 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Could Impact NW Clean Fuel Rules

Credit Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz / Wikimedia Commons

Last week, the U-S Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law. Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.

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Grapes
7:56 am
Mon June 30, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Concord Grapes in Prosser, Washington.
Credit Courtney Flatt

When you think of grapes in the Northwest, wine is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Concord juice grapes actually are Washington’s most widely planted grape. It turns out, juice grapes are more susceptible to warming weather than their wine grape cousins.

The sun beats down as researcher Markus Keller leans in to inspect his experimental concord grape vineyard.

Keller: “As you can see here, there’s a lot of flowers forming on the different shoots.”

The grape leaves hang down like a curtain over the rows of vines. This year’s crop looks to be strong.

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Climate Change
11:42 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Oregon Appeals Court Sends Climate Suit Back to Lane County Judge

Judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Credit courts.oregon.gov

A lawsuit brought by two Eugene teens against the state over climate change will get a second hearing in Lane County Circuit Court. The Oregon Court of Appeals Wednesday  ruled the case has merit.

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