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Portland Oregonian: What you can do about a warming world
Various, Portland Oregonian
The debate over what to do about global warming remains divisive. But few scientists dispute we live on a planet where average temperatures are higher than they were a century ago and will continue to climb. In the Pacific Northwest -- a place defined by glacier-clad mountains, rivers and the sea -- the effects are now measurable. Responding to reader requests, The Oregonian offers this fourth report in the series as a guide for individuals wishing to act to reduce global warming.

Part 1: Making your breakfast every morning pumps nearly 200 pounds of CO2 into the air each year. What can you do about it?
Part 2: Beyond the home
Part 3: Counting your life in carbon

(26 Nov 2006)
Related from the Oregonian: Helping environment not a leap for faithful


Eugene poised to join carbon war

Diane Dietz, Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon)
If you thought the decades-long drive to boost recycling in Eugene was relentless, brace yourself, because you haven't seen anything yet.

The city is poised for the fight against global warming: house by house by house.

Activists want Eugene residents to go "carbon neutral" in their energy use, in their travel and in their product purchases.

Mayor Kitty Piercy signed on to a free-lance version of the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for a 7 percent cut in greenhouse gases within the city borders by 2012.

A group of bureaucrats from many public agencies in the southern Willamette Valley is working behind the scenes to calculate the overall carbon generation within city borders to compare how Eugene stacks up against the Kyoto standards and to set a baseline for future reductions.

The University of Oregon-based Climate Leadership Initiative is launching a pilot project in January in two Eugene neighborhoods to help households audit and then cut their carbon emissions. They hope to replicate the effort citywide.
(24 Nov 2006)
Unfortunately the article contains the journalistically brain-dead proviso:

Some people, including some scientists, will think the efforts are unnecessary. They doubt that the global warming that researchers have detected is beyond the normal fluctuations of the Earth's temperature.

It's a surprisingly mealy-mouthed paragraph from the otherwise excellent Register-Guard. Either the reporter or the editor has not been keeping up with climate science. -BA


Oregon Secty of State touring state on global warming

Eugene Register-Guard via Ashland Daily Tidings
EUGENE - Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will tour the state next week to present former Vice President Al Gore's slide show on global warming.

Bradbury will visit Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene and Medford. He promises to offer the show wherever 50 of more people gather.

Gore, the star of a documentary derived from his slide show, has started training 1,000 "Climate Project" volunteers to help spread his environmental message around the globe. Bradbury was in the first class of 50, along with the mayor of Billings, Mont., a Navy flyer and country singer Kathy Mattea.

Bradbury, a Democrat, received an invitation to join the project after he saw Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" in July and called Gore's chief of staff to ask whether he could help.

"Global warming isn't something we should be kind of a little bit worried about," Bradbury said. "It's a crisis."
(24 Nov 2006)

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