Climate Change Resources
Looking for more information about climate change and its effects?
These resources will give you a good start.
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Inclusion in the list below is not intended as an endorsement.
OCCRI is a climate change research network of more than 150 researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and affiliated federal and state labs.
The Climate Impacts Group supports the development of climate resilience by advancing understanding and awareness of climate risks, and working closely with public and private entities to apply this information as they act to shape society’s future.
The American Meteorological Society's policy program seeks to present climate science and climate policy accurately and clearly for anyone who wishes to better understand the topic.
Oregon State Government
Commission reports are a great resource for greenhouse gas emissions data, as well as Oregon priorities for reducing emissions and combating climate change.
The Oregon Department of Energy is working to lead Oregon to a safe, clean and sustainable energy future. ODOE tracks Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard, supports the Oregon Global Warming Commission, and more.
Oregon's Climate and Health Program works to study, prevent, and plan for the health effects of climate change. OHA's work includes a Climate and Health Resilience Plan, information on climate hazards in Oregon, and tools for addressing the negative health effects of climate change.
Oregon's DEQ is focused on air quality throughout the state. The agency's reporting program helps provide a better understanding of greenhouse gas emissions, and improves the ability to track progress toward meeting reduction goals.
ODOT and the Department of Land Conservation and Development are leading the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative, a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity. ODOT also works on community planning to adapt to climate change.
DLCD adopts greenhouse gas reduction targets, supports the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative, works to address natural hazards, and supports community transportation plans through its Transportation & Growth Management Program.
Local Oregon Government
Ashland is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect people and resources from climate impacts. In 2016, the city asked all residents and businesses to reduce energy use and get involved in creating an inclusive clean energy community.
The Corvallis Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in December 2016 following a two-year research and development period by the Climate Action Task Force.
The Climate Recovery Ordinance sets a goal for the City of Eugene operations to be carbon neutral by 2020. The city will use a variety of tools to reach this goal including: investments in hybrid vehicles and biofuels, energy efficient heating and lighting and higher energy performance standards for new buildings like City Hall.
In 1993, Portland was the first U.S. city to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Portland’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a strategy to put Portland and Multnomah County on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).
The Climate Smart Strategy is a set of policies, strategies and near-term actions to guide how the region moves forward to integrate reducing greenhouse gas emissions with ongoing efforts to create the future we want for our region.
Climate Information Sites
Bloomberg's climate change-related publications and articles.
Climate Signals is a digital science platform for cataloging and mapping the impacts of climate change.
RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.
Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society.
Historical Climate Change Documents
The following documents, published by Oregon working groups and former Governor administrations, help tell the history of climate change policy in Oregon:
- 1990 Oregon Task Force on Global Warming (large file size)
- 1992 Oregon Progress Board Report to the 1993 Legislature
- 2004 Governor's Advisory Group on Global Warming
- 2005 Global Warming Initiatives Announcement from Governor Kulongoski
- 2006 Median Proposal for an Oregon Carbon Allocation Standard
- 2008 Governor's Climate Change Integration Group Report
- 2009 Climate Change Goals from Governor Kulongoski
- 2009 Climate Ready Communities Strategy by the Oregon Coastal Management Program
- 2010 Oregon Energy Planning Report
- 2010 Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework
- 2011 Cool Planning Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change
- 2012 10-Year Energy Action Plan