Global Warming Commission Has New Website

The Oregon Global Warming Commission has a new, improved website and climate-focused blog at www.keeporegoncool.org. The site hosts information about the commission, its work, climate actions in Oregon, links to other sources of reliable climate information, and information about how the state is addressing its greenhouse gas reduction and climate change preparation goals.

Created in 2017, the Global Warming Commission is intended to serve as an authoritative source for information about Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions and policies.  The new site includes updated scientific content, especially the latest research from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), to ensure that Oregonians understand the science and can track the accelerating effects of climate change on our state.

In addition to information about the commission, the new website also hosts a Climate Conversation blog, where the Commission will invite guest bloggers to share their take on how climate change is affecting the state, and what actions are needed in response. One of the first guest authors, the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division Director Lillian Shirley, discusses how changing climate conditions are increasing the reach of wildfires – and the subsequent effects on public health in our communities. It follows an OCCRI entry about 2018’s limited snowpack, and an introductory essay by Commission Chair Angus Duncan.

The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member governor-appointed body tasked with recommending ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping the state, local governments, businesses, and other Oregonians prepare for the effects of climate change. The commission is staffed and supported by the Oregon Department of Energy. Learn more about the commission and its members at www.keeporegoncool.org.

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