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Fossil Fuel Risk Bonds: Making Polluters Pay for the Climate Crisis

Fossil Fuel Risk Bonds:  Making Polluters Pay for the Climate Crisis
One of the most aggravating aspects of the climate crisis is the fact that fossil fuel companies are passing on huge financial risks to taxpayers and politicians are simply turning their backs on the problem instead of holding those companies...Read More

Economists: New BLM Logging Plan Would Generate More Economic Harm than Good

Economists: New BLM Logging Plan Would Generate More Economic Harm than Good
Center for Sustainable Economy has teamed up with Ernie Niemi of Natural Resources Inc. in Eugene to lodge a formal protest of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new long-term logging plan for western Oregon on the grounds that the...Read More

How Industrial Forest Practices are Subverting Oregon’s Climate Agenda

How Industrial Forest Practices are Subverting Oregon’s Climate Agenda
Clearcutting and use of forest chemicals and fertilizers on industrial forestlands could represent Oregon’s second largest source of global warming pollution and are subverting the State’s climate agenda by making landscapes more susceptible to wildfires, landslides, floods and warm waters...Read More

Portland City Council Backs Historic Resolutions on Fossil Fuels, Oil Trains

Portland City Council Backs Historic Resolutions on Fossil Fuels, Oil Trains
Perhaps it was the loud protests around the proposed Pembina propane terminal that got to Portland, OR Mayor Charlie Hales. Or maybe it was the Portland "kayaktivists" who, together with Greenpeace activists, helped blockade Shell's icebreaker, the Fennica, from leaving...Read More

Deforestation, Oregon style

Deforestation, Oregon style
Using a tool developed to study clearcutting of tropical rainforests in the developing world, a new CSE analysis has documented the loss of 522,000 acres of forest cover in Western Oregon since 2000.  The analysis, completed with GIS support from...Read More

Pay for Performance: Maximizing the Impact of BMP Investments

Pay for Performance: Maximizing the Impact of BMP Investments
Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) such as streamside buffer zones and cover crops are increasingly being used to reduce nutrient pollution from fertilizers into water bodies. Eutrophication from fertilizer runoff is the key driver behind growth of hypoxic “dead zones”...Read More

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