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Winter 2012


Global environmental change, Climatic changes, Oregon Global Warming Commission


In a 2010 report, the Oregon Legislature-created Oregon Global Warming Commission (OGWC) stated "with confidence" that human activities were primarily responsible for a 1.5 degree Fahrenheit increase in 20th century temperatures in the Pacific Northwest. Transportation and electricity were responsible for about 70 percent of Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions during the 2003-2007 period of study, while agriculture, waste, combustion, leakage, and other sources were responsible for the balance of emissions. Metroscape's Michael Burnham sat down with OGWC Chairman Angus Duncan recently to discuss the commission's work and how a warming world might affect the metropolitan Portland area economically, socially, and environmentally.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2012 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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