Three science mistakes that non-scientists make

I’m a sucker for science. I am inclined to believe it. So when politics and science get whipped into a froth and poured over a debate about protecting health and the environment, I need a refresher on what science can and cannot do.

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Whistleblower videos reveal helicopter spraying workers with weed killers

Have you seen the article and video posted at the Oregonian? It's a terrifying video, one of over 200 that have been recorded showing workers being completely doused in chemicals. "Nothing is more worrisome than the number of times the helicopter sprays over workers. Depending on the chemicals used, workers aren't allowed to enter spray sites for up to 48 hours. Directly spraying workers is illegal. It's also illegal to allow chemicals to drift onto workers." Pesticide drift has sickened Oregonians and damaged neighboring crops. There are pesticides in finished ...

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Urgent: Defend Clean Fuels!

big oil will stop at nothing to protect their self-interests, and that's why they're attacking our right to choose clean fuels and reduce pollution in Oregon. In a cynical political move, the oil industry just proposed three initiatives to repeal the state’s hard-won Clean Fuels Program. We can't let this happen. The Oregon Clean Fuels Program is the only legislatively enacted Clean Fuels Program in the nation and arguably the only climate victory of the current legislative session. It’s time to move this program forward. Oregonians should be able to choose clean ...

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Groundbreaking Bracelet Tests Toxics in Our Daily Life

"Do you know what chemicals you're exposed to on a daily basis? Pollutants we encounter every day come from any number of sources – cars, factories, shampoos, lotions, carpets and more. Some chemicals are benign but others could be hazardous to your health..." So begins an article about the toxics around us. This week, KGW Investigates examines a new bracelet that can measure the toxics that we're exposed to in our daily life. Reporter Keely Chalmers and OEC Emerging Leaders Board Member Bethany Thomas are wearing these revolutionary bracelets developed by OSU to ...

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Talking Oregon Transportation Funding on Think Out Loud

On Monday, May 18th, OPB's Think Out Loud hosted a conversation about a comprehensive transportation package to increase funding for roads and bridges. Though this has received bipartisan support for quite some time, things came to a halt when some lawmakers started using the recently passed Clean Fuels bill as a bargaining chip for the package. OEC's Program Director of Climate, Jana Gastellum, joins Ryan Deckert, president and CEO of the Oregon Business Association, to talk about the transportation package and what it means for our state. Listen below:

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A Clean Future Starts Here

Every day in Oregon, polluters dump waste into our air and water at no cost to their bottom line. If they are going to use the resources we all share - our air, our livable climate and plentiful water, the Oregon Environmental Council thinks these polluters should at least pay the true cost. We already see the damaging effects of climate change posing a risk to our natural areas and Oregon industries like shellfish, agriculture, and snow-based tourism. Asthma rates are increasing as air pollution stagnates in the hot air and our most vulnerable populations are at ...

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Maintaining Hope: A Monthly Sampling of Good News on Climate

If you’re tuned in to the climate conversation, news coverage of this dialogue may cause you to experience symptoms like "acute exacerbation of chronic nonsense brought on by climate change deniers"

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The Human Experiment: costing us more than we know

Over four years of fighting for safe, toxic free toys for Oregon's children, the team at OEC has learned something we wish wasn't true: the chemical industry will use their wealth and dirty tactics to block even the most innocuous chemical reform. Across the country, change has come slowly. In Oregon, we might finally have our year. Of course, Oregon's children aren't the only victims of the United States' ineffective chemicals protections. Produced and narrated by Sean Penn, The Human Experiment is a moving film that follows the stories of individuals affected by ...

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Renewable Energy Powers Oregon’s Job Growth

Guest blog by Sophia Aguilera, student, University of Portland “There are no jobs in this economy!” These are the dreaded words we all fear. But what if we were to tell you that you might simply be looking in the wrong place? While jobs in fossil fuels are plummeting, opportunities for good, family-wage jobs in the renewable energy sector are growing. Oregon is rich in the resources needed for the production of renewable energy, and thousands of Oregonians are already employed in the growing clean energy economy. Home to more than 130 wind and solar companies and ...

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Living Green: Weird but true germ facts

Blue Bell made national news in April 2015 when a listeria outbreak led them to recall all of their ice cream products. Meanwhile. people also got nasty food poisoning—bacterial illness—from a church picnic in Ohio, a sushi restaurant in California and a winery in Arizona. Thank goodness for powerful antibiotics! But if we’re going to keep antibiotics working, it’s worth giving a little shout-out to the freakishly adaptive nature of bacteria. Here’s why we have to use antibiotics with care: Bacteria reproduce incredibly fast. Some bacteria, like e. coli, ...

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