3 ways to cope with the smoke
If you live west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, you likely woke up yesterday to an awful late-summer surprise (if you weren't under wildfire threat already): a blanket of unhealthy wildfire smoke.
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Coal exports take a hit, solar microgrid rising

Vermont breaks ground on a solar-powered microgrid, Oregon rejects Ambre Energy's coal export plan, acidic ocean waters get attention coast to coast, and more stories of the week in clean energy solutions.

Mobile, AL wetlands

Who saves with solar, and who pays?

Economic risks of climate change, severe drought and forests on fire, Fortune 500 companies embracing renewable energy, electric vehicles and utilities; and much more.

Healthy forests are biomassive energy producers

Northwest forests are the focus of groundbreaking research into new sustainable biofuels and envigorated rural economies.

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Clamor mounting for climate action

Royal Dutch Shell joins Trillion-Ton Communiqué calling for timetable to zero net carbon; Kitimat, B.C., rejects oil terminal; IPCC calls for climate-conserving measures to start ASAP, and more.

Like Oil for Chocolate

Who knew that oil and chocolate had anything in common beyond its color? A few thoughts for Valentine's Day. 

A mother and her cubs at Anan Creek in Tongass National Forest

Why forests need to be enlisted in climate change actions

Since forests absorb and store vast amounts of carbon, protecting forests, especially old growth forests like those in the Pacific Northwest, should be a key component of any plan to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Supporting human and forest health

The health of forests and their owners are directly connected, an insight that has generated an innovative Oregon program to increase forest carbon.

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Restoring nature can help restore local economies

Good-paying jobs that produce multiple products in rural communities where good jobs have been scarce – This is the restoration economy.  In Oregon the restoration economy created 6,483 jobs, generated $977.5 million in economic activity from 2001–2010, a new report from Ecotrust says.

Biocarbon summit crowd

Biocarbon Summit a silo-busting event

A capacity crowd of 160 thought leaders and innovators gathered on June 10, 2013 at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle for the first-ever Northwest Biocarbon Summit.  

Building natural carbon: five policy principles

Carbon dioxide levels hit 395 parts per million in 2012, the highest in four or five million years when sea levels were around 80 feet higher and temperatures up to 10° Fahrenheit hotter. If we sustain those CO2 levels, or go higher as we are doing, a completely different world will emerge. 

ClimateCast Logo over Schwarzenegger in Years of Living Dangerously

Clamor mounting for climate action

Royal Dutch Shell joins Trillion-Ton Communiqué calling for timetable to zero net carbon; Kitimat, B.C., rejects oil terminal; IPCC calls for climate-conserving measures to start ASAP, and more.

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