climate change

Oregon National Guard /

The wildfire outlook for central Oregon and central Washington is generally low-risk for now.  But the fire danger will steadily escalate in the months ahead.

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While last year’s wildfire season was unprecedented in Oregon, residents are warned that this newfound intensity is not going away. 

OSPIRG Students

As Earth Day approaches, the organization OSPIRG Students is hosting online events for Youth Earth Week to encourage sustainable living.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugeneans have given incumbent City Councilor Emily Semple another term for Ward 1.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Climate change remains a divisive issue in politics, even with the majority of scientific research establishing the role of greenhouse gas emissions in global warming.

Rhiannon Lindgren


University of Oregon students protested and held a sit-in on campus earlier this week. Now they want the UO to respond to three demands. 

Rachael McDonald


The deadline to participate in a survey for Lane County’s Climate Action Plan has been extended to Sunday night, due to wildfires last month. The questionnaire focuses on how both the county and the community can address climate change.


Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Last Thursday, Beyond Toxics, Eugene-Springfield NAACP, and 350 Eugene held the city’s first of three candidate forums on environmental issues.

Beyond Toxics

Ahead of the 2020 election season, activism groups in Eugene have created the city’s first environmental justice and climate emergency candidate forums.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

People around the world marched for environmental justice in the fourth climate strike of the year today. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Eugene City Councilors will grapple with climate change at their Monday 11/18 work session. The public can also weigh in on the city’s Climate Action Plan 2.0.

Recorded On: October 25, 2019

Air Date: October 28, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Brian Bull / KLCC

More than 2,000 people gathered at Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza today as part of a worldwide observance called the Global Climate Strike. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A citizen member of Eugene’s budget committee and former legislative aide to State Representative John Lively has officially kicked off his bid for Eugene City Council, Ward 8.

31-year-old Ryan Moore studied political science at the University of Oregon, and volunteers with the Democratic Party of Lane County.  He says if elected, he’ll tackle several problems, starting with homelessness. 

President Trump’s war powers, ongoing climate change, and infrastructure development are among the topics Congressman Peter DeFazio hopes to discuss at some upcoming town halls in Oregon this week.

Karen Richards


Eugenians may have noticed hundreds of newly planted trees around town. The little seedlings are in fact Giant Sequoias. they’re part of a “2,021 for 2021” initiative.


Recorded on: June 21, 2019

Air date: June 24, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Last fall, California’s then-Governor Jerry Brown had a warning to offer:

“This is not the new normal,” Brown said at a November 2018 press conference to update Californians about the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history. “This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10, 15, 20 years.”

Brian Bull / KLCC

If you visit the University of Oregon this week, you may spot a tree dweller 70 feet off the ground, protesting climate change.

350 Eugene

Local environmental groups will hold a town hall about climate issues in Eugene today, April 11. The meeting will focus on transportation which is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Alec Cowan / KLCC

In what plaintiffs call a “sweeping ruling,” U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken offered a 62-page decision Monday allowing the constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, to proceed in Eugene at the end of October.

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Saturday people in Oregon and all over the world will take part in a demonstration against climate change.

Corvallis Continues to Implement Climate Action Plan

Apr 20, 2018

Every year since 1970, April 22nd has marked Earth Day. Over time, the day has grown into a worldwide movement and a moment to highlight environmental issues. As KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports, some cities – including Corvallis – are making every day Earth Day.

Oregon 4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio is among lawmakers decrying President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. He compares it to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Beyond Toxics

The Trump Administration has issued executive orders rolling back vehicle gas mileage minimums and the Clean Power Plan, both of which would have put the United States on a path to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Recorded on: March 17, 2017

Air Date: March 20, 2017

Guest Speakers:

Rachael McDonald

A group of University of Oregon students is holding a sit-in at Johnson Hall on campus. They want the U of O Foundation to divest from fossil fuels.

Lane Community College

The Global Climate Summit takes place in Paris this week. Lane Community College President Mary Spilde was invited to the White House earlier this month to take part in a meeting in advance of the conference.

Desmond O'Boyle

As world leaders gather in Paris at the Global Climate Summit this week environmental activists around the world held rallies and marches asking political leaders to develop a comprehensive plan addressing climate change.

Ashley Ahearn / Earthfix

As sea levels rise and the global climate changes, international leaders gathering in Paris this month face increasing pressure to tackle the issue of “climate refugees”.

Some island nations are already looking to move their people to higher ground, even purchasing land elsewhere in preparation.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, one coastal tribe faces a similar choice.

Jes Burns / Earthfix

As cooler, wetter weather comes to the Northwest, wildfire season is rapidly coming to a close.
This year’s fires are leaving behind more than just charred forests. They’re setting the stage for what’s expected to be a fundamental shift in the landscape. Because of a changing climate, what grows back could permanently look very different than what was there before.