Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.
The 1,500-page report, compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, is the most exhaustive look yet at the decline in biodiversity across the globe and the dangers that creates for human civilization. A summary of its findings, which was approved by representatives from the United States and 131 other countries, was released Monday in Paris. The full report is set to be published this year.
Southern Oregonians are deeply concerned about the impacts and threats of wildfire on our health, property and livelihoods. A Wildfire Forum planned for January 17 in Medford is an opportunity for residents to learn about the coordination among agencies, the data utilized for decision-making, resources available for fighting catastrophic fires, and the need to adapt strategies in the face of changing and challenging conditions.
There’s no better way to spend a sunny day in Oregon than taking an unforgettable hike through the Beaver State’s most beautiful scenery. From mountaintop viewpoints and secret swimming holes to moss-covered canyons and waterfalls you can walk behind, these 10 jaw-dropping hikes in Oregon will blow you away.