Oregon

OREGON

In the late winter of 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the U.S. Today, with 4 million people over 98,000 square miles Oregon is the ninth largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Home to both the deepest lake and the largest mushroom , it is known for its extremely diverse and famously beautiful terrain. By the 1830s the Oregon Trail had already established a direct route to the Pacific Northwest, a route the U.S. Government encouraged settler colonialists to travel in order to strengthen claims to the territory. White settlers began to arrive in large number in the early 1840s. For most of history, Oregon wasn’t divided by lines on a map. It contained four distinct regions that varied in terrain, climate and resources. Native Americans had been maintaining the landscape for millennia with more than 60 tribes living throughout Oregon before colonization in the 19th century. Nine tribes are federally recognized in the state today.

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute identified water resources, coastal issues, and forest ecosystems as the three main climate change challenges facing Oregon. Summer drought is expected to increase by 50% by 2050 as the state becomes both warmer and muggier. In June, 2021, forecasts for a heat wave of historic proportions in the Pacific Northwest solidified, with a consensus among meteorologists that the summer of 2021 would rank among the most extreme events the region has ever seen. This turned out to be true as more than 100 people died from the heat.  If wildfires captured everyone’s attention in 2020 as more than 10% of Oregon’s citizens had to evacuate, by October 2021 more than 800,000 acres had burned in the state.

Flows in rivers and streams are increasing during late winter and early spring and decreasing during the summer. By 2050, Oregon’s snowpack is expected to melt three to four weeks earlier, which decreases the amount of water flow in the summers. On the coast, Oregon will be facing an additional 6 inches of sea level rise within the next sixteen years. The waters off of the coast are also particularly vulnerable to acidification, one of the oceanic side-effects of excessive carbon-emissions, posing an urgent threat to those ecosystems. This changing climactic suitability, as well as the disturbances like wildfires, drought, insects, and disease, will drastically shift Oregon’s forest landscape.

In 2006, former Governor Kulongoski took action to prepare Oregon for climate-related challenges by creating the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group. This led to the state’s publishing of the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework in 2010. In the decade since, Oregon has enacted a slate of legislation at both the local and state levels addressing a variety of specific issues. They have already surpassed the Renewable Portfolio Standard set in 2016, establishing a 50% by 2040. By 2017 an Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlined a set of recommendations for the State’s Public Health Division.

In 2019, more than one half of their generated electricity came from hydroelectric power. Natural gas accounts for about one third, coal’s share was only 4%, with  nonhydroelectric renewable resources, including wind, biomass, solar, and geothermal power, providing the rest.

In the spring of 2021 and under orders from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality developed a new set of rules that would cap greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce them over time. The proposed Climate Protection Program would cut emissions from suppliers of gasoline, diesel, propane, kerosene and natural gas 80% by 2050. By capping emissions from fuels, it targets the state’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions; cars, trucks and other forms of transportation made up 36% of emissions in 2019. DEQ is taking public comments on the proposed rules through Oct. 25.

In June, 2021, a bill committing electricity providers to deliver 100% clean electricity to Oregon customers by 2040 and prohibiting new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants passed both the House and Senate of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly. When signed into law on July 27, 2021 by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon became the 8th state (following Hawaii, California, Washington, New Mexico, New York, Maine, Virginia and the District of Columbia) to adopt similar goals to reach 100% clean or renewable energy, according to the NCSL.

Oregon is one of twenty-four states, plus Puerto Rico, participating in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

Oregon receiving $38M to address growing ‘wildfire crisis’

By Michaela Bourgeois 03/05/24
Oregon is set to receive over $38 million in federal funding to reduce the threat of wildfires in three targeted areas across the state.
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Oregon’s Western Cascades may see more wildfires

By Meira Gebel 02/28/24
The wet, cool forests along Oregon's Western Cascades could see at least twice as much wildfire activity in the next three decades, according to a new simulation led by Oregon State University researchers.
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Oregon researchers hope to provide new tools to help wine growers address climate change, smoke

By Anna King 02/27/24
Vineyard managers could spray the coatings onto their grapes to protect the fruit from any smoke flavors. Oregon State University researchers are developing the new coatings.
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How climate change will impact Oregon’s air quality

By Meira Gebel and Andrew Freedman 02/15/24
Air quality in Oregon, and across the Pacific Northwest, is poised to worsen over the next three decades due to an increase in prolonged wildfire seasons and persistent drought, a new report suggests.
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BOEM finalizes two Oregon offshore wind energy areas with up to 2.4 GW in capacity

By Diana DiGangi 02/14/24
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Tuesday that it has made two final wind energy area, or WEA, designations offshore Oregon, totaling around 195,012 acres and offering up to 2.4 GW of potential capacity.
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Indictment of US Forest Service ‘Burn Boss’ in Oregon Could Chill ‘Good Fires’ Across the Country

By Grant Stringer 02/08/24
A “burn boss” with the U.S. Forest Service is facing unprecedented criminal charges for an escaped prescribed burn in rural Oregon, which may complicate nationwide goals to set low-intensity fires that can thin out excess…
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What this winter weather can tell us about Oregon’s climate and vice versa

By Paul Marshall 01/20/24
Tens of thousands of people in Oregon and Southwest Washington lost power. More than a dozen people have died in Oregon because of weather-related incidents. We had snow and then ice and then ice again.…
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Climate-friendly homes offer Grand Ronde’s tribal elders affordability and comfort against climate change

By Monica Samayoa 01/17/24
In a corner lot between Highway 22 and Grand Ronde Road sit 24 newly built single-family homes. These homes look like many that are being built in Oregon right now as the state tries to…
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Federal judge in Oregon denies efforts to dismiss climate lawsuit filed by young people

By Rachael McDonald 01/04/24
A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, has denied U.S. Department of Justice motions to dismiss a climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs. This could clear the way for the case to finally go to…
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Court rules Oregon’s landmark climate change regulations invalid in case brought by gas utilities

By Alex Baumhardt 12/20/23
Oregon’s second highest court ruled in favor of natural gas utilities seeking to invalidate the state’s landmark climate program.
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Climate change, drought, wildfires reduce value of private forestland in the West by billions

By Alex Baumhardt 11/27/23
Investing in private timberland in the West has become increasingly risky, according to a new study from Oregon State University researchers, with values declining by billions of dollars in the last two decades.
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Climate change is hastening the demise of Pacific Northwest forests

By Nathan Gilles 11/16/23
Its foliage, normally soft and green, is tough and brown or missing altogether. Nonetheless, the tree’s reddish bark, swooping branches and thick, conical base identify it as the Pacific Northwest’s iconic western red cedar.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Climate change resilience and your drinking water

03/21/24
Climate change is here and now. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we can expect to see warmer temperatures, drier summers, and more frequent extreme weather events like heat waves and wildfires. These changing conditions require…

First Two Offshore Wind Energy Areas Selected Along Oregon Coast – Public Comment Open Now

03/05/24
Since HB 3375 was enacted in 2021, Oregon has been focused on identifying key locations for the installation of floating wind turbines off of the coast of Oregon, with the goal of generating approximately three…

Legislature passes bill to rid Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System of coal investments

03/05/24
A bill directing the state Treasury to essentially divest Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System of nearly $1 billion in investments in coal mining and energy companies awaits the signature of Gov. Tina Kotek.

PGE eyes big solar, plus storage, at gas plant site

03/05/24
Seven years after it abandoned a plan to expand natural gas generation in Eastern Oregon, Portland General Electric is maneuvering to increase the scale of a possible solar power plant there.

Portland Clean Energy Fund Surplus Sparks Debate Over Voter Intent and City Needs

03/03/24
With the Portland Clean Energy Fund amassing unexpected millions, discussions intensify around adhering to voter intentions versus addressing city budget constraints. Advocates for retaining surplus funds for climate initiatives argue this aligns with the 2018…

Portland General Electric proposes 2025 rate hike as many still reel from January bump

03/01/24
Portland General Electric announced Thursday it would like to increase average rates for customers by 7.4% in 2025, following the historic rate increases those customers only recently started paying.

With limited resources, a small Oregon town plans for climate change

02/22/24
One of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon, is a 100-year-old sign that arcs over the main street with the phrase “It’s the Climate” scrawled across it.

Over 190,000 Acres Allotted for Offshore Wind Energy in Oregon

02/20/24
The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finalized two wind energy areas (WEAs) off the coast of Oregon covering about 195,000 acres and offering a potential 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of power, the…

Oregon’s Rural Power Utility Has Become a Big Polluter

02/20/24
The rolling hills along the Columbia River in northeastern Oregon boast golden fields and farms, quiet valleys and rippling creeks — and very few people.

Renewable energy prototype revealed as unidentified floating object in Puget Sound

02/20/24
There have been numerous sightings of an unidentified floating object in the Puget Sound area.

One Small Town Plans for Climate Change

By Claire Carlson 02/14/24
One of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon, is a 100-year-old sign that arcs over the main street with the phrase “It’s the Climate” scrawled across it.

With Limited Resources, One Small Town Plans for Climate Change

02/14/24
One of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon, is a 100-year-old sign that arcs over the main street with the phrase “It’s the Climate” scrawled across it.

US Finalizes Two Offshore Wind Energy Areas in Oregon

02/13/24
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Tuesday finalized two wind energy areas (WEAs) in the offshore Oregon region, aligning with government goals to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power along U.S. coastlines…

Avangrid and Amazon Expand U.S. Partnership with 98.4 MW Wind Project in Oregon

02/13/24
“We are proud to have signed this agreement with Amazon, a company that shares our commitment to accelerating the global transition to renewable energy,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO. “With projects like this, we are…

Portland could backfill budget gaps with funds voters designated for climate response

02/13/24
The Portland Clean Energy Fund was created by a voter-approved ballot measure in 2018 that passed with 65% of the vote. It has been celebrated as a first-of-its-kind environmental justice and climate action program created…

Amazon Web Services signs 98.4MW wind PPA in Oregon

02/12/24
Avangrid, Inc., part of the Iberdrola Group, has announced the signing of a new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amazon to offtake from a repowered wind farm located in Gilliam County, Oregon.

AWS in your community: Here’s what’s happening in eastern Oregon

02/10/24
Amazon is bringing more clean energy to eastern Oregon communities with a $1.2 million contribution to fund a community solar energy program.

Amazon, in deal with Avangrid, signs its biggest OR renewables deal ever

02/09/24
Amazon has contracted to buy electricity from a wind farm in eastern Oregon, where its growing data center presence has contributed to a dramatic increase in a local power utility's climate emissions.

Amazon will start buying clean power for Oregon data centers

02/09/24
Amazon announced Friday it will begin buying clean electricity to help power its eastern Oregon data centers, marking its first big step toward renewable energy in the state. The company will also contribute $1.2 million…

Oregon commission approves ‘carbon capture’ fund for state’s natural and working lands

01/30/24
The Oregon Climate Action Commission on Friday approved $10 million in investments with the goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

State moves to restore, reinstate climate change regulations derailed by natural gas lawsuit

01/22/24
State environmental regulators will redo the year-long process of rulemaking and adopting landmark climate change regulations that were enacted three years ago.

‘A planet in peril’: OSU researchers unveil path to fight climate change

01/11/24
An international team of scientists led by two Oregon State University researchers, are calling for a different pathway to mitigate climate change that will also address social injustice.

Officials, locals worry about foggy federal plans for wind farms off Oregon Coast

01/04/24
The sun was peeking through the clouds during a short break in the rain as Nick Edwards was making his way along the Charleston Marina. Edwards fished along the Oregon Coast for more than 40…

Pacific Northwest could experience ‘energy droughts,’ study finds

01/01/24
Drops in solar and wind energy production, also known as energy droughts, could potentially last for hours in the Pacific Northwest. New research is aimed at helping grid planners better understand these energy gaps and…

GET a GRIP: A Path to More Renewable Energy on the Grid

12/19/23
If near-term transmission capacity expansion is on your holiday wish list, Christmas has officially come early. On November 14, the Department of Energy (DOE) opened applications for a second batch of grants for the Grid…

Portland’s clean energy fund expected to raise additional $540M over next 5 years

12/13/23
Portland’s cash-rich fund that aims to bankroll clean energy projects and jobs could see a staggering $540 million in unexpected revenue in the next five years, according to the latest city forecast.

Nature Unites Us: Conservation Impact in Oregon

12/03/23
As we work to address the planet’s greatest needs, we recognize that the well-being of nature and people cannot be separated, and how we work is as important as what we achieve. We are committed…

Solar adoption in Oregon rose sharply over past decade

11/26/23
The Oregon Department of Energy’s recently published solar dashboard shows how solar-generated electricity, both at utility scale and rooftop solar, has grown throughout the state since 1986. The dashboard also shows which counties are producing…

Oregon utilities, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs get $450M to improve electric grid

10/23/23
Two Oregon utilities and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs will receive nearly $450 million from the federal government to modernize the region’s power grid and incorporate a growing amount of renewable energy.

Oregon is powered by more renewable energy than ever before, has room to grow

10/11/23
The past decade has seen exciting progress in clean energy. America produces more than three times as much power from the sun, the wind and the earth as we did in 2013, with growth in…

Portland approves 5-year, $750 million climate action plan

09/28/23
The Portland Clean Energy Fund’s (PCEF) Climate Investment Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions and ensure residents are better prepared for climate change, with a focus on helping communities of color and low-income residents. The…

Governor Kotek signs major bill package to address climate change, invest in clean energy

08/01/23
In recent years, Oregon has become a national leader in the fight against climate change by passing ambitious policies, including setting goals to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2040, making renewable energy and clean transportation…

Portland begins to check things off its 47-item action plan to slow climate change, report says

07/20/23
Portland’s multibureau climate action work plan is off to a slow but steady start and could meet most of its goals by the end of 2025, a new report says.

New Canyonville Solar Project to Benefit Oregon Residents and Agriculture

06/09/23
SolRiver Capital, a leading renewable energy investment firm, is excited to unveil plans for the Canyonville Solar Project, which will combine sustainable energy generation with agricultural practices. Canyonville will be the first Oregon Community Solar…

PacifiCorp outlines how it will meet Oregon climate emissions reduction targets

06/05/23
Berkshire Hathaway-owned PacifiCorp says systemwide reductions will get it a big part of the way to emissions cuts required in Oregon.

Pacific Power submits to PUC inaugural plan to achieve net-zero emissions in Oregon by 2040

05/31/23
Pacific Power released plans Wednesday to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions for all electricity sold to Oregon consumers by 2040, while significantly enhancing customer and community participation in decarbonization efforts.

Equitably fight climate change, inform Portland how to spend $750 million

05/23/23
The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund is projected to spend an estimated $750 million during the next five years to support communities most affected by climate change.

Oregon welcomes battery storage additions to advance renewable energy

05/03/23
Portland General Electric will procure 400 megawatts of new battery storage projects to advance renewable energy in the region.

Portland is getting the second-biggest battery storage facility in the US that could create enough electricity to power 260,000 homes

04/28/23
Portland General Electric, the utility serving Portland, Oregon, announced Friday it is putting in the second-largest battery storage installation in the United States, at 400 MW of power. The significance of such projects is they…

This couple spent $48,000 to convert their Portland, Oregon, home to ‘net zero’: ‘The future is efficient and renewable’

04/22/23
When Ryan Shanahan, 41, decided to buy a house in Portland, Oregon, he knew from the start that he wanted his future home to be “net zero.”

Hundreds of Portland students demand Oregon climate change action

04/21/23
Hundreds of Portland students and residents took to the streets Friday to demand that Gov. Tina Kotek do more to address climate change in Oregon. Youth activists walked out of 27 schools to meet at…

Friday’s ‘Youth Climate Strike’ will focus on Kotek’s lack of action

04/20/23
The kids are back. And they’re (still) pissed. The fourth annual Portland Youth Climate Strike will start at the Oregon Convention Center plaza Friday. Climate activists of all ages will meet at 10:00 am at…

Portland shelter tackles both the housing crisis and climate change

04/20/23
Path Home is a shelter and transitional housing village in the Lents neighborhood. It was designed to be green and energy efficient.

Here’s where renewable power is increasing (and where it’s not)

04/14/23
Despite supply-chain problems amid the lingering effects of the pandemic, 2022 saw major increases in solar and wind power in the United States, though that growth varied by state, according to a report by a…

Amazon claims to champion clean energy. So why did it just help kill an emissions bill in Oregon?

04/11/23
In rural Oregon, a small electric utility called Umatilla Electric Cooperative used to rely mainly on clean hydropower. It had a small carbon footprint. But when large data centers came to the area—built by companies…

‘Greening Ambassadors’ will be hired to help east Portland battle climate change

04/07/23
As the impacts of climate change have stomped into Portland, it’s becoming very clear that east Portland bears the brunt. Because there are fewer parks, fewer trees, and more roads and other paved surfaces, our…

In eastern Oregon, Amazon is working with a local utility to power AWS data centers with clean energy

04/04/23
Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon by 2040, and—as part of that commitment—we’re on a path to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. As of today, Amazon has already reached more…

Amazon fights Oregon data center clean energy bill

03/29/23
Amid heated debate over Oregon legislation that would require data centers to use clean energy, data center operators have been conspicuously quiet.

Renewables top coal in U.S. for first time in 2022. Where does Oregon stand?

03/28/23
The U.S. achieved a milestone last year when renewable resources provided more electricity than coal for the first time. How did Oregon fit into the picture?

PacifiCorp wants more time for first Oregon clean energy plan; groups push back

03/27/23
Stakeholders say there is an “urgent need to keep moving forward on these plans.”

Oregon could tighten climate regulations for data centers, cryptocurrency farms

03/22/23
Lawmakers are trying to close a loophole for data centers and force some of Oregon’s biggest carbon emitters to move to cleaner sources of power.

Oregon’s clean energy goals

03/15/23
Oregon has adopted ambitious mandates to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and expand reliance on clean energy, including wind, solar and battery storage. Here are key policies driving the changes:

Climate Change and the Housing Crisis are Burdening Portland’s Emergency Shelter System

03/13/23
During the many extreme weather events the Portland area has faced over the last several years, from heat domes to snowstorms, Multnomah County’s emergency weather shelters have been a lifeline for the area’s housing insecure…

After Marking a Century, What’s Next for Oregon State Parks?

03/09/23
ince Oregon’s first state park was established 101 years ago, visitors have come to delight in the ability to easily access some of the state’s most beautiful locations with great trails, well-maintained facilities, and interpretive…

The U.S. achieved a milestone last year when renewable resources provided more electricity than coal for the first time. How did Oregon fit into the picture?

03/09/23
When Jim Kreider first heard about the proposed transmission line, he was angry. The Boardman-to-Hemingway line, known as B2H, would run 300 miles across five Eastern Oregon counties, including through the hills west of La…

Renewable fuel faces uncertain future in northern Oregon, Pacific Northwest

02/26/23
In a quiet northern pocket of rural Oregon, the soil is dark and damp. Mint and blueberries thrive here. Wetlands host unique plants and wildlife. There’s also a deepwater port along the Columbia River.

Developer eyes North Portland for major energy storage project

02/14/23
A developer is laying the groundwork for an Oregon battery energy storage project that could be more than three times the size of the largest existing system in the state.

Oregon churns out renewable energy, but needs batteries to store it

02/12/23
In Oregon, some utilities have begun ramping up renewable energy to meet the state's clean energy goals, but there’s a problem: The energy generated from these sources can only be used when the wind is…

Why Northwest officials are only now deciding how to regulate crypto mining

02/10/23
In a county of just over 100,000 residents, sitting directly below the Grand Coulee Dam, 13 crypto mining operations – think warehouses stacked with networked computers continuously working on complex math equations to earn bitcoin…

Oregon churns out renewable energy, but needs batteries to store it

02/10/23
Some Oregon utilities have begun ramping up renewable energy to meet the state’s clean energy goals, but there’s a problem: The power can only be used when the wind is blowing or the sun is…

Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West

02/08/23
The gas prohibition in Eugene puts Oregon in line with its West Coast neighbors, where similar restrictions on fossil fuel heat are widespread. Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West is an article…

NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood fights displacement, climate change with urban renewal. But will it work?

01/22/23
All around her, Chach Heart sees aging roofs and peeling siding. Nearby, decades-old water-damaged trailers line row after dilapidated row.

Oregon faces sustained and novel risks and opportunities as climate changes, new assessment shows

01/04/23
Oregon continues to face new and enduring hazards related to climate change, but opportunities for adaptation and mitigation are also expanding, the latest assessment released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute indicates.

Innovative Renewable Energy Project in Oregon Combines Wind, Solar and Battery Storage

11/21/22
A first-of-its-kind project, the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Morrow County, Oregon is the first utility-scale power plant in North America that combines wind and solar energy and battery storage in one location. The project…

Tiny Oregon Town Hosts 1st Wind-Solar-Battery ‘Hybrid’ Plant

09/28/22
A renewable energy facility in Oregon that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there has officially opened as the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America.

These cattle ranchers are raising better beef, spending less — and reducing carbon emissions

03/21/22
Brown grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and went to college to be an agriculture professor. Then he married his high school sweetheart, whose family had a farm. The young couple moved home to help on…

Portland tree canopy has stagnated or shrunk, harming city’s climate change aspirations

03/17/22
Portland leaders received a grim snapshot Wednesday of the state of the city’s urban forest, suggesting that growth in its tree canopy has shrunk or plateaued for the first time in 50 years.

Agrivoltaic systems have the potential to meet energy demands of electric vehicles in rural Oregon, US

03/17/22
Electrification of the transportation industry is necessary; however, range anxiety has proven to be a major hindrance to individuals adopting electric vehicles (EVs). Agrivoltaic systems (AVS) can facilitate the transition to EVs by powering EV…

Federal spending bill expected to aid Oregon State wave energy, wildfire and mass timber projects

03/16/22
Federal spending legislation signed into law yesterday includes funding for several Oregon State University initiatives, including a wave energy project on the Oregon Coast, a study of the impacts of wildfires on drinking water and…

Portland Business Alliance blasts clean energy fund ‘mismanagement,’ urges city leaders freeze spending

03/14/22
Portland’s most influential business organization on Monday took at aim at the city’s clean energy program that is both awash in cash and under scrutiny as it begins to bankroll projects aimed to combat climate…

Portland Clean Energy Fund program is still missing key pieces, audit finds

03/10/22
Portland’s first-of-its-kind climate justice program needs help getting off the ground despite generating far more revenue than expected, according to a city audit released Thursday.

Environment bills address Oregon’s bottle bill, earthquake safety, more

03/09/22
Senate Bill 1520 also addresses low redemption rates by requiring large non-participating beverage distributors in certain parts of the state to either provide redemption services, join the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative or pay a fee…

State Energy Department to offer $12 million in grants for community solar, wind projects

03/08/22
The agency announced they’ll release $12 million in grants for projects such as adding more electric vehicle charging stations in rural parts of the state and adding solar panels to public buildings. Money will also…

US Plans to Auction 3 GW Offshore Oregon, Pinpoints Three Areas

02/25/22
This is according to a presentation BOEM published ahead of the tenth meeting of the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force to be held today (25 February).

Pipeline expansion would increase the flow of natural gas through the Northwest

02/24/22
TC Energy wants to modify compressor stations along the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to get about 150,000 dekatherms more gas flowing through the region per day — enough to meet…

Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards

02/22/22
On a cold December morning, Anjeanette Brown sat inside a Shari’s restaurant, nursing a cup of coffee and casually pushing sharp objects out of the reach of their 1-year old daughter. Brown, a Black environmental…

Woke Portland city bosses award $12m clean energy contract aimed at boosting racial equity to bankrupt fraudster accused of lying about her prior experience

12/14/21
According to an investigation by the Oregonian, Linda Woodley, 71, has served time in prison over the past 25 years for defrauding energy companies, and racked up millions of dollars in liens for unpaid federal…

Oregon has a new plan for cutting climate pollution

10/11/21
After years of trying and failing to launch a cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions economy-wide, Oregon has a new plan to cut some of its biggest sources of climate pollution.

Northwest Power and Conservation Council Sets Aggressive Targets for Renewable Energy

10/02/21
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has published its draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan, which will guide the development of the Bonneville Power Administration and the regional power grid through 2027.

Iron Battery Breakthrough Could Eat Lithium’s Lunch

09/30/21
The world’s electric grids are creaking under the pressure of volatile fossil-fuel prices and the imperative of weaning the world off polluting energy sources. A solution may be at hand, thanks to an innovative battery…

STracker Solar installs dual-axis trackers at Southern Oregon University for agrivoltaic research

09/30/21
STracker Solar of Ashland, Oregon, has installed three new proprietary STrackers in the north end of Southern Oregon Univerity’s Sustainability Farm adjacent to the ScienceWorks Museum parking lot.

Portland’s massive clean energy fund plans $100M spending spree to fight climate change, promote racial and social justice

09/29/21
Portland city officials are preparing to bankroll a new bonanza of clean energy projects and jobs geared toward the city’s historically marginalized communities.

Oregon readies plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change

09/20/21
After more than a year of work, Oregon has proposed rules for its Climate Protection Program, meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change.

Turning Waste Into Megawatts

08/16/21
Clackamas Water Environment Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and Portland General Electric celebrate new co-generation system, renewable energy  

Oregon governor signs ambitious clean energy bill

07/28/21
Oregon’s clean energy bill, which sets one of the most ambitious timelines in the country for moving to 100% clean electricity sources, was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday.

Oregon utilities face big challenges meeting 100% clean electricity by 2040 target

07/21/21
Oregon just passed an ideologically and technically ambitious clean energy bill that directs its two largest utilities to deliver 100% clean electricity to customers by 2040 and prohibits new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants…

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is so large, it’s creating its own weather

By Joe Sutton, Michael Guy and Hollie Silverman 07/20/21
As hot, dry weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires across much of the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon has become so intense that it's creating its own weather. The fire has scorched more than 606 square miles --…

Preparing for Climate Change in Oregon

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Oregon is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Corvallis Climate Action Plan

04/11/19
The Corvallis Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in December 2016 following a two-year research and development period by the Climate Action Task Force. The plan goals, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and high-priority…

Portland 2015 Climate Action Plan

04/11/19
In 1993, Portland was the first city in the United States to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Since then, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have collaborated to produce updated climate…

4th Oregon Climate Assessment Report (2019)

04/10/19
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) periodically assesses the state of knowledge of climate science as it pertains to Oregon, fulfilling the legislative mandate that created OCCRI. This report was delivered on January 31,…

Higher Oregon renewable portfolio standard targets likely to boost wind power

04/22/16
Oregon recently enacted legislation that requires two large investor-owned utilities operating in the state to supply 50% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2040.

KEY RESOURCES

Oregon Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/02/22
Oregon was one of the earliest adopters of solar power in the country. And despite the state’s reputation for gloomy weather, it ranks among the top half of states for solar energy generation, and it’s…

Oregon State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/18/21
Oregon has many renewable energy resources. High annual rainfall in the western part of the state coupled with runoff from the snowpack in mountains across the state make it possible to generate substantial amounts of…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oregon

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Oregon experienced two wildfires and one drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

09/16/20
The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change. The report is accompanied by a number of videos that demonstrate the current resilience strategies…

Oregon Drought

09/16/20
Oregon is projected to see an increase in severity of widespread summer drought of approximately 50 percent by 2050.

What Climate Change Means for Oregon

09/16/20
Oregon’s climate is changing. Over the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Snowpack is melting earlier in the year, and the flow of meltwater into streams during summer is…

State-by-State: Climate Change in Oregon

08/06/20
Oregon is vulnerable to increasing heat, reduced snowpack, ocean acidification and wildfires

Cascadia Climate Action

02/14/20
British Columbia has already advanced a carbon tax shift, and Oregon and Washington are actively developing policies to make polluters pay for their pollution. This series follows and analyzes carbon pricing developments across Cascadia.

Portland Clean Energy Fund

07/23/19
The Portland Clean Energy Fund will bring $54 to $71 million in new annual revenue for clean energy and clean energy jobs in Portland. Nonprofit organizations, alone or in partnership with for-profit companies, schools and/or…

Keep Oregon Cool: Oregon Global Warming Commission

06/11/19
The Oregon Global Warming Commission tracks trends in greenhouse gas emissions, recommends ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce emissions, and works to prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The Commission…

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

06/07/19
The Oregon State Legislature established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education in 2007. OCCRI is a network of over 150 researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Oregon,…

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Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

By Sergio Olmos, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Shawn Hubler   07/01/21  
The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.
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The Desperate Hunt for Air Conditioners in Oregon and Washington

By Yana Pashaeva   07/01/21  
Air conditioners have become a treasure in Washington and Oregon amid an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Portland and Seattle hit records of 116 and 108 degrees on Monday. More than 35 cities in the…
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Oregon’s Buckled Roads and Melted Cables Are Warning Signs

By Aarian Marshall   07/01/21  
This week, trapped under a stalled mountain of warm air called a heat dome, the Pacific Northwest got a taste of the future. On Sunday, as temperatures hit 105, the concrete beneath State Route 544…
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Extreme Heat in Portland Is an ‘Acute Disaster on Chronic Disaster’

By Zoë Carpenter   06/30/21  
By noon on Monday, the temperature in Portland was climbing up the triple digits, passing 104, then 106, on its way to a record high of 116—40 degrees higher than the average temperature for this…
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Oregon farmers press Merkley for solutions to drought, fires

By Pat Kruis   06/30/21  
Farmers line up to outline their needs as water shortage strangles their crops
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Inslee praises renewable energy economy during Port of Vancouver visit

By Rick Bannan   06/29/21  
Gov. Jay Inslee took a tour along towering wind turbine blades and cranes used to move them during a visit to the Port of Vancouver on June 15, commending the work to transport thousands of…
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Unprecedented Heat Wave in Pacific Northwest Driven by Climate Change

By Anne C. Mulkern   06/28/21  
A blistering heat wave obliterated high temperature records in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, ratcheting up risks for deaths and fires, and underscoring the dangers of climate change.
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Over 6,000 PGE customers lost power amid record heat wave

By Ardeshir Tabrizian   06/28/21  
More than 6,300 Portland General Electric customers were hit with power outages this weekend as the city’s all-time high temperature climbed to 112 degrees late Sunday afternoon, according to PGE data.
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Pacific Northwest faces one of its most severe heat waves in history

By Jason Samenow   06/24/21  
Forecasts for a heat wave of historic proportions in the Pacific Northwest have solidified, and a consensus is building among meteorologists that this could rank among the most extreme events the region has ever seen.
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‘We’re just trying to survive at the moment’: Oregon agricultural sector hit hard by severe drought

By Kale Williams   06/23/21  
From the Columbia River in the north to the Klamath Basin that straddles the California border, Oregon is well short of the water it needs.
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West Coast Offshore Wind Closer to Becoming a Reality

By Gregory Zerzan   06/22/21  
late May, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in conjunction with the Department of the Navy and the State of California, announced plans to offer leases to develop offshore wind projects for the north-central coast…
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EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON OREGON WILDFIRE CONDITIONS

By Jacob Roberts   06/22/21  
Two wildfires are burning in the driest places in the state right now, but experts at Oregon State University said that doesn’t reveal much about what fire season will look like this year.
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Oregon 100% clean energy bill headed toward passage

By Allison Frost   06/11/21  
Climate change activists have a lot to celebrate this week. The Keystone oil pipeline was cancelled. Closer to home, a bipartisan bill to move Oregon’s energy grid to 100% renewable energy is on a trajectory toward Gov. Kate Brown’s…
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Oregon House Moves to Curb Forest Institute’s Power and Budget

By Rob Davis   06/09/21  
The Oregon House on Tuesday passed a bill to redirect funding from a tax-funded institute created 30 years ago to inform residents about forestry, after an investigation found that the organization sought to discredit scientists…
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Resolution: Oregon’s natural resource policy must consider environmental justice impacts

By Adam Duvernay   06/09/21  
Oregon lawmakers passed a resolution agreeing that state natural resource policy should be informed by historical inequities and the needs of communities already confronting climate change.
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Oregon State selected to lead NOAA institute for marine research

By Michelle Klampe   06/08/21  
Oregon State University has been selected to host a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration institute focused on collaborative study of the rapidly changing ocean and expanded demands on its use.
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The West Can End the Water Wars Now

By Emma Marris   06/05/21  
Far-right radicals in Southern Oregon are threatening to bust open an irrigation canal. Instead, the region could be a model for managing watersheds in a warmer world.
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Oregon’s big climate bill of 2021 generates little friction

By Dirk Vanderhart   05/26/21  
Oregon would adopt one of the country’s most ambitious timelines for eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from its power grid under a major bill advocates believe will pass the Legislature this year.
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Oregon Passes Law to Explore Opportunities for Renewable Hydrogen Development

By Gabrielle E. Thompson and William H. Homes   05/25/21  
On 19 May 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 333 into law, which directs the Oregon Department of Energy to study the potential for the development of renewable hydrogen production and use in Oregon.
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The Salmon and the Snake

By Nick Cunningham   05/25/21  
"We have 3,000 members of my tribe and we fish in seven major tributaries that go into the Snake River. And historically, we had tens of thousands of fish for those 3,000 members,” says Don…
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To prevent wildfires in 2021, Oregon adopts new rules for temporary power shutoffs

By KGW Staff   05/21/21  
In Lane County, fire victims are also suing two utility companies over last summer's Holiday Farm Fire that broke out east of Eugene. They claim tree branches sparked when they touched powerlines, and that grew…
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A major new facility in Oregon could help transform the prospects of wave energy

By Anmar Frangoul   04/28/21  
With snow-capped mountains, shimmering lakes and vast swathes of forest, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, does not lack for natural beauty.
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Pembina pauses development of Oregon Jordan Cove LNG plant

By Reuters   04/24/21  
Canadian energy company Pembina Pipeline Corp (PPL.TO) paused development of its proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Oregon, according to an appeals court filing.
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New report says orcas, salmon, black bears at grave risk as America’s rivers in historically bad shape

By Jenna Romaine   04/13/21  
A new report by an advocacy group has highlighted climate change, dams, factory farming and mining as the top threats to America’s most endangered rivers.
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Oregon, California are prioritizing wildfire prevention and recovery bills

By Keeley Webster   04/13/21  
California and Oregon lawmakers are considering significant wildfire prevention and relief packages after both states experienced devastating wildfire seasons last year.
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Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

By Gillian Flaccus   04/13/21  
One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical…
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Oregon 100% clean electricity bill advances with utility, activist support

By Pete Danko   04/12/21  
The measure would be the Legislature's first big move on climate since 2016.
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New Oregon regulations aim to protect whales from crab fishing lines

By Fedor Zarkhin   04/12/21  
Rick Lilienthal and his father were just half a mile offshore, heading into the ocean to pull in their crabbing lines, when they saw a gray whale going “100 miles an hour” with a buoy…
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Cascadia’s communities of color speak out against climate injustice

By Iris M. Crawford   04/10/21  
The heavy wind woke Niria Garcia about 5 a.m. It whipped against her home, leaving her restless as she fitfully tried to get a little more sleep.
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First projects in Oregon’s mandated community solar program now coming online

By Kelly Pickerel   04/06/21  
Four community solar farms are coming online in Oregon within the Portland General Electric service territory. Each 2.5-MW project is supported by renewable energy provider Neighborhood Power and Mana Monitoring.  
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Oregon’s Largest Credit Union Makes Adoption of Sustainable Technology More Affordable

By Emily Holbrook   04/05/21  
OnPoint Community Credit Union, the largest credit union headquartered in Oregon, has announced new commitments to fighting climate change, including the Green Horizons initiative, which makes it more affordable for people in Oregon and Southwest Washington to adopt new sustainable technology.
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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds Ignoring Ocean Acidification in Oregon Carbon Pollution Impairs Coastal Waters, Hurts Marine Life

By Emily Jeffers   03/31/21  
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to recognize that Oregon’s coastal waters are impaired by ocean acidification related to climate change, so that…
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Renewable Energy Update – March 2021 #4

By Allen Matkins   03/30/21  
The Biden administration on Thursday set a goal to cut the cost of solar energy by 60% over the next decade as part of an ambitious plan to decarbonize the country’s power sector by 2035.…
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The U.S. is finally looking to unlock the potential of wave energy

By Ysabelle Kempe   03/29/21  
At first glance, waves have the makings of an ideal renewable energy source. They’re predictable, constant, and tremendously powerful. Their energy potential is astonishing — researchers estimate that waves off the coasts of the United…
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Oregon Bill Aims for Three GW of Floating Offshore Wind by 2030

By The Maritime Executive   03/26/21  
A Republican state senator has introduced a bill to set up a floating wind task force for the state of Oregon, aiming to promote commercial-scale floating wind farms off the southern coastline by 2030.
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Has Eugene, Oregon, found a ‘superpower’ for climate action?

By Carl Segerstrom   03/26/21  
Tyee Williams has been on the frontlines of climate change as a wildland firefighter. He helped battle the Pine Gulch Fire, one of three record-setting fires in Colorado last summer and fall — all scorching examples of…
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100% clean energy supporters debate how to get Oregon to goal

By Pete Danko   03/23/21  
An emissions-based approach is widely favored, but some see fatal flaws.
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Oregon lawmakers get a first look at 100% clean-electricity bill

By Pete Danko   03/19/21  
The measure includes a ban on new natural gas plants.
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An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals

By Sarah Golden   03/19/21  
Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon manages a two-year-old program it hopes will accelerate the speed of renewable deployment in the state. It also may be a model for how other utilities can help customers…
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Plan would compel Oregon utilities to go to all carbon-free power

By Peter Wong   03/17/21  
Oregon would join the ranks of states requiring utilities to generate all of their power carbon-free under a proposed substitute for a bill introduced Wednesday, March 17.
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VMT tax: Two states tax some drivers by the mile. More want to give it a try

By Ian Duncan   03/12/21  
Bruce Starr spotted the problem right away: The hydrogen-powered cars General Motors was showing off on the Oregon Capitol grounds wouldn’t need gas. And if they didn’t need gas, drivers wouldn’t be paying gas taxes…
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Youth climate activists try to revive federal lawsuit with a different strategy

By Maxine Bernstein   03/09/21  
Youth climate activists are trying to revive their suit against the federal government by changing tack.
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Getting Local Businesses Engaged In Reversing Climate Change

02/16/21  
The common question when confronting climate change is "what can I do?" The answer does not have to be the answer of an individual or a family or even a government.
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BSD Electric Bus Delivery

02/05/21  
BSD is the first school district in the state of Oregon to receive delivery of two electric school buses, with the help of a $561,727 grant from Portland General Electric. Learn how the district was…
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Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

By Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn   01/13/21  
The Trump administration on Wednesday removed more than 3 million acres of Pacific Northwest land from the protected habitat of the northern spotted owl, 15 times the amount it had previously proposed opening to the…
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2020 SMASHED THE RECORD FOR BILLION-DOLLAR WEATHER AND CLIMATE DISASTERS, NOAA SAYS

By CNN   01/09/21  
2020 will be remembered for many unpleasant reasons -- the global pandemic, political unrest, sky-high unemployment -- and now we can add a record number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters to the list.
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Oregon State researchers take key step toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen

01/08/21  
Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers and collaborators at Cornell University and the Argonne National Laboratory.
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Neighbors influence coastal landowners’ decisions to armor shorelines against erosion, rising seas

By Michelle Klampe   01/08/21  
Neighbors play an influential role in private oceanfront landowners’ decisions to protect their shorelines from erosion and rising sea levels, which could lead to excessive armoring of the coastline, a new analysis from Oregon State…
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Record broken for number of billion-dollar US weather and climate disasters in 2020

By Lexi Lonas   01/08/21  
U.S. weather and climate disasters hit an all-time high in 2020 with 22 separate catastrophes that cost more than $1 billion each.
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Report: Climate change taking toll on Oregon, but state has many options for adaptation

By Steve Lundeberg   01/07/21  
The effects of a changing climate continue to significantly affect Oregonians and the state’s resources and infrastructure, the latest biennial report released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute concludes.
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