Clean Energy Day: a big success !
Despite rain, wind, and the occasional sun burst to dry us off, our own clean energy SUN lit up the event all afternoon!
For those that missed it, Rogue Climate put together a rocking' celebration of clean energy yesterday in Medford, Oregon. Over 800 people from the Rogue Valley made posters and over 300 people attended to rock out to local bands, sip on local brews, learn about local clean energy businesses, and participate in a 100 foot-wide art piece to make the statement that we are ready for local, cleaner energy. Did we mention it was completely powered by bikes? Check out the slideshow to get a taste of the day and like us on Facebook to see more photos.
More good jobs. Lower long-term energy bills. Support for local businesses. Clean air and water.
Those are the goals of Clean Energy Day, to be held at the Medford Commons on Sunday, May 4.
Yes, there will be food, live music and fun activities for all ages, including assembly of a giant sun made from artwork produced by hundreds of Rogue Valley residents of all ages.
But Clean Energy Day also has a practical purpose — to draw attention to ways our communities can benefit from greater use of cleaner energy and increased energy efficiency.Read more
Recently Rogue Climate was featured in two interviews with local radio and television.
Friday April 18th Rogue Climate's Hannah Sohl and Shaun Franks spoke with Jeff Golden on Immense Possibilities:
Tuesday April 22nd Rogue Climate's Hannah Sohl and Shaun Franks spoke with Geoffrey Riley on Jefferson Public Radio's Jefferson Exchange:
The Drought of 2013-14 and Climate Change as of February 2014
By Stellar Snow
Running up the hillside, nearing the crest of the ridge, it was clear that it was very dry- more like summer or early autumn than January. The last time such unseasonable dryness was observed in the Rogue Valley was 1977- 37 years ago. Prior to the 1976-77 wet season, such persistent dryness in the wet season (calculated from October 1st onward) had only been recorded in Ashland in 1960 and never before in Medford and Grants Pass, going back to the 1910s. International Airport the month of September ranked 2nd wettest on record. This helped fire crews gain the upper hand on fires in the area, diminishing the smoke and improving the air quality across the region. Spring through autumn of 2013 had the most lightning ever recorded by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC), with records going back through the year 2000. In fact, the number of lightning strikes recorded in 2013 were double the annual average from 2000-2012.
2013 was truly a remarkable year for weather, which comprises climate, in our region and elsewhere on Earth. Climate records clearly indicate that the Earth has generally been warming as CO2 has continued to increase. This warming has accelerated since the late 1970s, as has global CO2 output from anthropogenic sources. Our local extremes in 2013 are clearly consistent with predictions from climate change scientists and climate models, as can be read in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment. Extreme weather such as has been observed in 2013 puts increasing stress on our biota, to include humans, as we and other species are forced to adapt to survive and thrive. This stress can diminish survivability of some species and favor others, some of which may be invasive. Thus, as we move forward and our climate continues to react to the build-up of CO2 in our atmosphere, we are going to need to do increasingly more to adapt.
In our next post: December 2013’s record cold in portions of the Rogue Valley was also, indeed, exceptional. This will be discussed along with our ongoing snow drought and “Arctic Amplification”.