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A Fee on Atmospheric Pollution: Exploring the Options

Everyone is against pollution.  Yet we continue to pollute our atmosphere with gases that drive global warming and the climate chaos we are experiencing.  Without concerted and urgent action we will exhaust the pollution allowance for holding global warming within the critical two degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial level.   Because power utilities and fossil fuel users are allowed to pump this pollution into our atmosphere with no charge, their energy can outcompete renewable energy…

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Added by Alan Journet on March 24, 2015 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Special Topic & Monthly Meeting

“The Not-for-Profit World beyond Capitalism”

One of our most closely cherished illusions is that of unlimited economic growth; we run it up the flagpole as the solution to every major problem.   The myth of unlimited economic growth permeates our cultural, economic, and political life.  We seem to forget that we live on a finite planet with finite resources and a finite ability to process our waste.  Global warming is a result of our emitting waste gases produced from our economic…

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Added by Alan Journet on February 17, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Special Topic & Monthly Meeting

PRESS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release

DATE:  January 9th 2015

CONTACT: Alan Journet, Co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
[email protected]; 541-301-4107

SUBJECT: Can Technology Provide a Feasible Bridge to a Renewable…

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Added by Alan Journet on January 9, 2015 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Dancing Salmon Home - A SOCAN event

Salmon are probably the most well-known icons of the Pacific Northwest.  They are beloved for their recreational value, commercial value, and cultural importance to Native Americans. When salmon are lost from our rivers and streams, efforts to stimulate their return garner tremendous public support.

The award-winning hour long film portraying efforts by the Winnemem Wintu tribe to reintroduce salmon to the McCloud River in Northern California will be shown at the next meeting of…

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Added by Alan Journet on November 22, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Why Say 'No' to LNG?

The Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline would carry fracked natural gas across Oregon for export at Coos Bay.  At the next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now meeting at Medford Public Librarty on Tuesday October 28th at 6:00 pm, SOCAN Co-facilitator Alan Journet and Robyn Janssen of Rogue Riverkeeper will explain why it’s a bad idea.  An hour Action Meeting will follow.

Added by Alan Journet on October 23, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Fall Courses Available on Global Warming / on Climate Disruption

Temperature are rising! Snowfall is dwindling! Wildfire conditions are extending! That we are experiencing an unusually disrupted climate is hard to miss.  But what is causing it? Is it all a natural cycle? What is it doing, and can we do anything about it?

These are the questions that Alan Journet, Co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will answer in a series of courses to be offered locally this fall.

For those wanting a full and detailed discussion, through…

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Added by Alan Journet on August 17, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

People's Climate March @ Next SOCAN Meeting

The People’s Climate March (http://peoplesclimate.org/march/), is anticipated to be the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change that has ever been held. Slated for New York City on September 21st it will coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit.   The New York People’s Climate March in September plus Oregon solidarity events will be the subject of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Special Topic at our…

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Added by Alan Journet on August 12, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Chasing Ice at SOCAN Monthly MNeeting

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, “Chasing Ice” is the stunning 2012 filmed account of James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey. The film, having won awards at film festivals all over the world, will be featured at the next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now meeting on July 29th @ 6:00 pm at the Medford Public Library.   Admission is free, but donations to SOCAN are encouraged.

By means of time lapse photography, Balog documented one of the most dramatic consequences of our warming…

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Added by Alan Journet on July 2, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

Are Carbon Offsets a Solution?

It is well understood that our use of fossil fuel for generating energy is causing the climate change that has stimulated our weird climate and that our weird climate will only become more disastrous with time unless we reduce our emissions of gases substantially and immediately.  We also know that our day-to-day living and travel are contributing to the problem.  As a result, the more conscientious among us make sincere efforts to reduce our emissions.  But we still find it difficult to…

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Added by Alan Journet on June 6, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

Solar Energy Thrives in the Rogue Valley: A Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Event

In terms of promoting renewable non-carbon polluting energy sources, one of the fastest growing developments is solar energy.  This is just as true in the Rogue Valley as it is elsewhere.  One of the most influential programs promoting solar installation in residential and commercial locations in the valley has been ‘Rogue Solar.’  Initially managed by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, this program is now administered by Medford-based RHT Energy Solutions, specialists in commercial,…

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Added by Alan Journet on May 9, 2014 at 10:33pm — No Comments

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.

Beyond SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun: Who Is Actually Growing in the Residential Solar Market? | Greentech Media

A chill has hit homesolar According to GTM Research’s latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, Q3 2017 was the third consecutive quarter that the residential solar market fell by installation volume. It's easy to blame the “big three” for this downturn -- collectively, SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun (excluding Sunrun's channel business) are down 32 percent in installation volume over the first three quarters of 2016, according to the latest U.S. PV Leaderboard. At the same time, we talk about the rest of the market -- the long tail -- as though it were an aggregate force tempering the downfalls of the behemoth big three.

Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says | Newsweek

A member of the media uses a Geiger counter at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, February 23. The site includes hundreds of tanks containing about 777,000 tons of water laced with tritium that TEPCO has decided to dump into the nearby sea, despite opposition from local fishermen.

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