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Oregon Adopts Strongest Worker Protections in U.S. Against Heat and Wildfire Smoke

To protect against extreme heat, employers must as of June 15 afford workers paid heat breaks when temperatures surpass 80 degrees F and must provide access to shade and drinking water, among other measures. To protect against wildfire smoke, employers must supply workers as of July 1 with N95 masks when air quality dips. Masks mandatory will be mandatory when smoke pollution reaches dangerous levels.

05/12/22
                                                               

Oregon Adopts Nation’s Strongest Farmworker Protections for Heat and Wildfire Smoke

By Lynne Terry

New rules going into effect in Oregon in June and July are expected to protect tens of thousands of workers from illness and death when temperatures soar past 80 or when the air becomes clogged with wildfire smoke.

05/12/22
                                                               
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Report: Oregon has $5.3b invested in fossil fuel companies

By Andrew Selsky Photo: Eugene Garcia , AP File

The Oregon State Treasury has at least $5.3 billion invested in fossil fuel companies, a coalition of environmental groups said in a report Wednesday that blamed the state for adding to global warming and urged divestment.

04/21/22
                                                               

Oregon delegation seeks federal funding for Port

By David Rupkalvis Photo: David Rupkalvis

Six of Oregon’s seven Congressional members are going to bat to bring in funding to help the Port of Coos Bay bring a container facility to Coos Bay.

03/20/22
                                                               

Race to the bottom: How big business took over Oregon’s first protected aquifer

By Emily Cureton Cook Photo: Emily Cureton Cook , OPB

The warnings were hard to miss on a forsaken stretch of Highway 26 in Eastern Oregon. A sign reading “Travel at own risk” clung upside down to a weather-beaten post. A private driveway forewarned: “If you haven’t been invited into our ranches, you are not welcome.”

03/20/22
                                                               

Avista sues over Oregon’s ‘Climate Protection Program’

By Newsroom Staff

Late last year, Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules establishing the CPP to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address the effects of climate change. The regulations would apply to large stationary sources of natural gas, the transportation of fuels, and other liquid and gaseous fuels defined by the program.

03/18/22
                                                               

Climate change results in projected shifts in plant hardiness zones

By Kym Pokorny

You visit the nursery, pick out a primo plant, come home, put it in the ground and wait for it to become a beautiful tree, shrub or perennial. Then spring arrives and it’s dead or floundering.

03/18/22
                                                               

Portland planning bureau director departs with $195K severance amid climate change program problems

By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh

The head of the Portland agency tasked with tackling climate change and managing a massive clean energy program that’s both awash in cash and under scrutiny has accepted a six-figure severance to depart the agency.

03/15/22
                                                               

How Oregon wine can survive climate change

By Pete Danko

Warming has transformed the Willamette Valley since its modern founding in the 1960s from a marginal region for wine grapes to one where “bad” vintages — wildfire smoke excepted, perhaps — are a rarity.

03/14/22
                                                               

After two-year review, Oregon’s climate change strategy must be more aggressive, committee says

By Alex Baumhardt Photo: Bob White , Flickr

The Oregon Climate Action Plan Steering Committee is made up of environmental, labor, public health and youth and community groups such as Renew Oregon, the Oregon Public Health Association and the Eugene-Springfield branch of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

03/10/22