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Nearly 80% of Oregon in Severe Drought

In November, we reported on the fact that more than 50% of the state of Oregon was in “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought. This story has barely been mentioned in statewide media. For the past month, data has been unavailable as the Drought.gov website was offline during the government shutdown. Now that the site is … Continue reading Nearly 80% of Oregon in Severe Drought

Depressed and Then Diagnosed With Autism, Greta Thunberg Explains Why Hope Cannot Save Planet But Bold Climate Action Still Can

Featured image: 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden realized at a young age the enormous gap between what climate experts were warning and the actions society was taking. The difference was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. (Photo: Youtube/Screenshot/TEDxStockholm)      by Jon Queally / Common Dreams As … Continue reading Depressed and Then Diagnosed With Autism, Greta Thunberg Explains Why Hope Cannot Save Planet But Bold Climate Action Still Can

Over 50% of Oregon in Severe Drought… in November

The US drought monitor (most recently updated November 13th) shows that 51.9% of Oregon’s land mass is in “severe drought,” with 34.3% in “extreme drought” characterized by major crop/pasture losses, and widespread water shortages or restrictions. This news comes as California battles extreme November wildfires. Eugene had 15 inches of rain less than normal during … Continue reading Over 50% of Oregon in Severe Drought… in November

Friday: Breach the Lower Snake River Dams

On Friday, November 16 at 2 pm Pacific Time, a group will be presenting the Governor at the State Capitol in Olympia with a demand to remove the lower Snake River dams immediately. Event details: The Southern Residents need you !!!! Now more then ever. The Orca Task force’s preliminary recommendations do not include Breaching … Continue reading Friday: Breach the Lower Snake River Dams

Capitalism is Killing the World’s Wildlife Populations, not ‘Humanity’

Featured image: Simon Eeman / shutterstock      by Anna Pigott, Swansea University / The Conversation The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses … Continue reading Capitalism is Killing the World’s Wildlife Populations, not ‘Humanity’

Trump Administration Waives Environmental Laws to Build Texas Border Wall in Protected Nature Areas

Bulldozers Aimed at Wildlife Refuge, State Park, Historic Chapel, Family Farms.  Featured image: by Kara Clauser, Center for Biological Diversity.      by Center for Biological Diversity RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas— The Trump administration announced today that it will waive dozens of environmental laws to speed border-wall construction through protected Rio Grande Valley property, including a national wildlife refuge … Continue reading Trump Administration Waives Environmental Laws to Build Texas Border Wall in Protected Nature Areas

Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Featured image: Lake Turkana and the River Omo, a lifeline to many tribal peoples, are drying up due to mega dam. © Nicola Bailey/ Survival International, 2015      by Survival International UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at … Continue reading Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

52 Percent of World’s Birds of Prey Populations in Decline

Featured image: Griffon vulture. Pierre Dalous/ Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0       by Lorraine Chow / Ecowatch Grim news for the world’s raptors—an iconic group of birds consisting of hawks, falcons, kites, eagles, vultures and owls. After analyzing the status of all 557 raptor species, biologists discovered that 18 percent of these birds are threatened … Continue reading 52 Percent of World’s Birds of Prey Populations in Decline

What Happened to Bill McKibben?

     by Suzanna Jones / Counterpunch Walden, Vermont–In his 2008 book Deep Economy, Bill McKibben concludes that economic growth is the source of the ecological crises we face today.  He explains that when the economy grows larger than necessary to meet our basic needs – when it grows for the sake of growth, automatically striving for … Continue reading What Happened to Bill McKibben?