Climate Change

  • 4/22/2014

    9 lessons, both good and bad, from the UN climate panel

    Climate change is visibly impacting natural systems. In fact, it's hard to mention the topic without conjuring images of polar bears on melting ice. However, for the first time, the United Nations' Intergovernmental…

  • 3/20/2014

    Intel partners with White House on climate change 'Hackathons'

    Early this week, the White House launched a new effort to collect data that better predicts the impacts of climate change. Housed at climate.data.gov, the Obama administration tapped technology giants…

  • 6/19/2013

    350.org group to hit Portland in a huge way this summer

    Portland's 350.org chapter — which would, per the national Bill McKibben-led movement, espouse sustainable investment and fiduciary activism among other pro-environment projects — is prepping for a…

  • 5/13/2013

    Salem 2013: 'Gut-and-Stuff' move could kicker-start Oregon carbon tax

    As talk of a carbon tax in Oregon continues, a bill aimed to study just that is moving through the legislature. While the bill has sturdy legs, state leaders have changed the conversation to focus on…

  • 4/17/2013

    Future Energy Conference: Outlook not so bad

    It might be another year before the market for renewable energy heats up in Oregon, and it will take a policy push from industry and advocates to spur a political atmosphere that’s ripe for change. That…

  • 4/11/2013

    Nike, Intel urge Congress to take climate change action

    Three iconic Portland-area businesses are part of a potentially game-changing coalition that's demanding Congress address issues stemming from climate change. Nike Inc., Intel Corp. and the Portland Trail…

  • 4/9/2013

    Will environmental regs spell coal’s end?

    A Duke University study has concluded that a series of pending environmental regulations could make two-thirds of coal-fired power plants more expensive to operate than natural gas plants, a shift that’s…

  • 4/4/2013

    NFIB: Governors' coal export views are misguided

    The National Federation of Independent Business has blasted high-ranking Northwest officials' coal export stances. NFIB leaders from Oregon and Washington this said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington…

  • 3/28/2013

    Oregon's carbon tax bills contain lots of twists

    Oregon utilities and fuel suppliers could be paying a carbon tax on fossil fuels if one of two bills passes the Oregon Legislature by June. The likelihood of either clearing that hurdle, however, is low.…

  • 3/21/2013

    Three issues to watch in Oregon's carbon tax debate

    British Columbia's environment minister says his province and Oregon have plenty in common. But Terry Lake isn't just talking about the generally rainy climate. Lake, in town this week to discuss how…

  • 3/14/2013

    Blumenauer takes Congressional carbon tax helm

    U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is assuming a lead role as Congress develops carbon tax ideas. Blumenauer is one of four Democratic D.C. electeds — Rep. Henry Waxman of California, Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii…

  • 3/13/2013

    Energy Star ratings knock Portland down several notches

    In terms of environmental stewardship, Portland is widely considered an environmental shining star. Yet in terms of its Energy Star-certified building counts, the city is just so-so. The Environmental…

  • 3/11/2013

    PSU researchers: Carbon tax would clean the air, bolster Oregon's budget

    A Portland State University study found that carbon taxes could reduce Oregon's "distortionary income taxes," an issue that has vexed lawmakers for years, as well as provide new revenue channels. The…

  • 3/4/2013

    Food producers' waste diversion up 18%

    A Portland group that studies the food business reports that organic food companies, in adopting a broad range of sustainablity initiatives, have dramatically boosted the amount of waste they divert from…

  • 2/28/2013

    Bonamici wants NOAA to save the Tillamook weather buoy

    An Oregon Congressional delegation member who represents coastal Oregon communities said she’s leading the drive against the planned removal of a weather monitoring buoy. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici opposes…

  • 2/28/2013

    Ecova lands carbon recertification kudos

    A Portland utility analysis company has again landed a prestigious sign-off from a national carbon activist. Ecova earned accreditation as a "carbon calculation partner" from the London-based Carbon Disclosure…

  • 2/26/2013

    Feds to restart Roan Plateau drilling study

    The federal government is launching another round of studies into the hotly debated issue of whether Colorado’s Roan Plateau on the Western Slope should be opened to drilling. The new study, called…

  • 2/20/2013

    Climate Trust hires interim executive

    The Climate Trust on Wednesday named Terry Miller as interim director of the carbon market-focused nonprofit while a search is made for a permanent executive. Ben Vitale, hired in late 2009 as The Climate…

  • 2/20/2013

    Membership matters

    Fresh into his second term in office, President Obama has twice given environmentalists a very public glimmer of hope that meaningful climate legislation is on the horizon. The president spoke eloquently…

  • 2/8/2013

    Has REI shaped Jewel's views on climate change?

    Tree hugger? Or exploiter of the nation’s precious natural resources? There’s lots of intrigue over what kind of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be now that she has been nominated by President…

  • 1/31/2013

    NOAA report highlights coastal climate risks

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report this week detailing potential climate impacts to U.S. coastal regions. A researcher from Oregon State University contributed to the…

  • 1/30/2013

    Oregon State to lead overhaul of marine research fleet

    Oregon State University could get as much as $290 million over the next decade to design and build three coastal research ships in partnership with the National Science Foundation. The announcement —…

  • 1/23/2013

    Vitale out as head of The Climate Trust

    Officials at The Climate Trust announced Wednesday that Ben Vitale, hired in late 2009 as president of the trust, will leave his post in order to return to the private sector. The Climate Trust, a nonprofit…

  • 1/22/2013

    Report: Coal export in the Northwest holds heavy CO2 emissions potential

    A report commissioned by Greenpeace ranked the global energy projects by their potential to impact the climate with carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 — plans for coal export facilities in the Pacific…

  • 1/15/2013

    Oregon saw 54 extreme weather records broken in 2012

    The Natural Resources Defense Council on Tuesday released an interactive map documenting extreme weather events in 2012 on a state-by-state level. The group found that nationwide 3,527 monthly weather…