Information on this pandemic is changing rapidly as our scientists and doctors learn more and more about this dangerous virus. For our own safety and the safety of all of us we need to stay informed. Here are links to some very important sources of information that impacts you and those you love:
It may only be February, but 2020 is already “virtually certain” to be among the 10 warmest years on record, and has nearly a 50 percent chance of being the warmest ever, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
The predictions follow a January that was the warmest ever in 141 years of record keeping, Karin Gleason, a climatologist with the National Centers for Environmental Information, said in a conference call. Global average temperatures last month were 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above average, slightly higher than in January 2016, the previous record-holder.
In comparing this year with previous years, Ms. Gleason said, one way to look at it is “we completed the first lap in a 12-lap race, and we are in the lead.”
“According to our probability statistics, it’s virtually certain that 2020 will rank among the top 10 years on record,” she said. Their analysis also showed a 49 percent chance of this year being the warmest ever, and a greater than 98 percent likelihood it will rank in the top five.
The forecasts are in keeping with a long-term trend of global warming that is occurring as a result of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. All of the 10 current warmest years on record have occurred since 2004, and the past five years have been the hottest five. Last year was only slightly cooler than 2016, the hottest year ever.
The record warmth in January was all the more remarkable because it occurred when the world was no longer in the midst of an El Niño event.
An El Niño, which is linked to warmer than average sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, can affect weather patterns worldwide and also lead to generally warmer temperatures. A strong El Niño during the first half of 2016, for example, contributed to the record temperatures that year.
But the latest El Niño ended last year, and ocean temperatures in the Pacific have returned to much closer to normal. “We’re in sort of new territory here with a record in a non-El Niño month,” Ms. Gleason said.
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In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic and national health emergency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted this morning to approve the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline on the condition that it qualifies for permits from the State of Oregon.
Because of sustained opposition from our communities for over 15 years, Jordan Cove LNG has failed to qualify for any necessary state permits to dredge Coos Bay for the LNG terminal and to trench across Oregon for a 230-mile fracked gas pipeline.
Jordan Cove LNG cannot move forward without state permits. Last spring, the Oregon DEQ denied Jordan Cove LNG’s Clean Water Act permit, and this February the Oregon DLCD denied Jordan Cove LNG’s Coastal Zone permit. Anticipating another permit denial, Pembina withdrew its Removal-Fill application from the Oregon DSL in January.
Even though Jordan Cove LNG can’t start construction without essential state permits, with this decision the federal government is giving a Canadian fossil fuel corporation the power to start the process of seizing private property from over 90 southern Oregon landowners.
We all need to take action to prevent that from happening.
Senator Wyden has promised to oppose this project if Jordan Cove LNG ever tried to use eminent domain. We need him to stand with our communities today.
Will you send a message to Senator Wyden asking him to take a stand against Jordan Cove LNG and to ensure that the federal administration doesn’t use public focus on the global health crisis as an opportunity to ram Jordan Cove LNG through?
Last week, the administration already took advantage of the pandemic crisis by rushing through Senate approval of James Danley, another fossil fuel insider, to sit on the FERC commission, even though his nomination had been rejected only a few months before.
As a result of Oregon’s strong permit denials, we expect Gov. Kate Brown’s administration to oppose any effort to impose the Jordan Cove LNG project on Oregon without state permits. Impacted landowners, Tribal governments, and environmental and climate organizations also will be submitting challenges to FERC’s decision over the next 30 days.
Our communities will continue to stand united until Pembina cancels the proposed fracked gas pipeline and export terminal for good.
We can do this,
Rogue Climate and Power Past Fracked Gas
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CONTACT: Ken Pekoc, 301-402-1663, <e-mail:NIAIDNews@niaid.nih.gov>
NEW CORONAVIRUS STABLE FOR HOURS ON SURFACES
SARS-CoV-2 stability similar to original SARS virus
WHAT: The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. The study information was widely shared during the past two weeks after the researchers placed the contents on a preprint server to quickly share their data with colleagues.
The NIH scientists, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Montana facility at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, compared how the environment affects SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1, which causes SARS. SARS-CoV-1, like its successor now circulating across the globe, emerged from China and infected more than 8,000 people in 2002 and 2003. SARS-CoV-1 was eradicated by intensive contact tracing and case isolation measures and no cases have been detected since 2004. SARS-CoV-1 is the human coronavirus most closely related to SARS-CoV-2. In the stability study the two viruses behaved similarly, which unfortunately fails to explain why COVID-19 has become a much larger outbreak.
The NIH study attempted to mimic virus being deposited from an infected person onto everyday surfaces in a household or hospital setting, such as through coughing or touching objects. The scientists then investigated how long the virus remained infectious on these surfaces.
The scientists highlighted additional observations from their study:
— If the viability of the two coronaviruses is similar, why is SARS-CoV-2 resulting in more cases? Emerging evidence suggests that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 might be spreading virus without recognizing, or prior to recognizing, symptoms. This would make disease control measures that were effective against SARS-CoV-1 less effective against its successor.
— In contrast to SARS-CoV-1, most secondary cases of virus transmission of SARS-CoV-2 appear to be occurring in community settings rather than healthcare settings. However, healthcare settings are also vulnerable to the introduction and spread of SARS-CoV-2, and the stability of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols and on surfaces likely contributes to transmission of the virus in healthcare settings.
The findings affirm the guidance from public health professionals to use precautions < https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html> similar to those for influenza and other respiratory viruses to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2:
— Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
— Stay home when you are sick.
— Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
— Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
ARTICLE: N van Doremalen, et al. Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1. The New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2004973 (2020).
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Local Environmental Organizations Ask Grants Pass School Board to Refrain from Using Roundup (Cont.)
Thank you, Bianca, for expressing our concerns about this topic so well.
I am submitting for the record (below and attached) for tonight’s board meeting a letter just written by Dr. Ray Seidler when he heard the news. Please review and consider this information.
We are all available to continue this discussion, and hope to hear that the decision tonight will be to research alternatives to the use of glyphosate and other Highly Hazardous Pesticides on school grounds.
Thank you for considering the health and well-being of our children first in all of your decisions.
The letter from Dr. Ray Seidler follows:
March 10, 2020
To the Board Members of the Grants Pass School District –
Glyphosate based weed products (herbicides) are the most common weed killers used in the
world, and probably the most controversial as well. How can a weed killer like RoundUp (a
glyphosate-based week killer) be dangerous?
Regulatory agencies such as the US EPA and the European equivalent, EFSA, have declared
that glyphosate is not capable of causing cancers nor other serious illnesses if used properly
as indicated on the label. Why then are over 40,000 law suits pending in an upcoming class
action lawsuit that may exceed $12 billion, accusing the manufacturers of GBH herbicides of
causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer? Distinct from regulatory authorities,
two of the world premier public health organizations IARC (World Health Organization) and
the ATSDR( U.S. Dept Health and Human Services) have both declared that GBH are probable
causes of NHL cancers.
This confusion over glyphosate dangers has caused serious misinterpretations over the safety
of glyphosate exposures since, in the United States, public agencies such as cities, counties
and schools follow the guidance and recommendations offered through the US EPA
Over the last 2-3 years the volume of new knowledge about the serious public health and
environmental effects from GBH has skyrocketed and it has been difficult for the public, for
regulatory agencies, and manufacturers to keep up with the new information and its analyses.
Such confusions have a history involving other chemicals such as Agent Orange, PCBs,
Atrazine, thalidomide, human hormone replacement therapy, diethylstilbestrol (DSS) and
others. Confusion prevails and toxic chemicals remain in the market place.
We have recently learned from leading scientists from the United States and elsewhere that:
glyphosate is now widely accepted as a cause of blood cancers in humans, shortened
pregnancy lengths, possible endocrine disruption activities, birth defects, liver disease in
experimental animals, and causes breaks in DNA in laboratory studies that could lead to
cancers 2020. https://usrtk.org/pesticides/glyphosate-health-concerns/
Another paper very recently published links GBH exposures to two types of childhood acute
leukemia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1438463919306212 (2020.
Prenatal pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia – A California statewide case-control
study.) Researchers discovered that use of any carcinogenic pesticides (including glyphosate)
used within 2.5 miles during a mother’s pregnancy increases the odds of the child developing
acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia nearly two-fold and three-fold.
We have also learned that “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits the use of
cancer-causing pesticides with an expectation that a certain number of cancers (anywhere
from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,000,000, based on the pesticide in question) and should be
considered ‘acceptable risk.’ (https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2020/03/
When children are exposed to chemicals such as GBH while at school, it is mandatory that
common sense, progressive decisions prevail to avoid mistakes that will become apparent at
some time in the future. Or as I said in 2017, “the time for GBH-based herbicides is
Many places have banned these weed killers throughout the world, including many
municipalities and public places, including the University of California campuses. https://
Why will the Grants Pass School District use glyphosate?
Dr. Ramon Seidler, Ph.D. microbiologist, research scientist
Recipient of the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Glyphosate and other pesticides linked with increased risk of childhood leukemia.
2020. Prenatal pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia – A California statewide casecontrol
study International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
2019. Can herbicides cause breast cancer? Purdue and INSERM scientists discover a piece to
Glyphosate Fact Sheet:Cancer and Other Health Concerns 2020.
2019. How did the US EPA and IARC reach diametrically opposed conclusions on the
genotoxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides?
2020. Pets are at risk from glyphosate. https://www.gmoscience.org/
2017. The time for glyphosate based herbicides is over. https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/
Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says, By Emily Dixon,
CNN, CNN Health, https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/health/us-glyphosate-cancer-study-scliintl/
Glyphosate Fact Sheet: Cancer and other Health Concerns. U.S. Right to Know. Jan. 15, 2019.
Where is Gyphosate Banned? The Law Firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei, and Goldman, PC,
Consumer Attorneys, https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-rounduplawsuit/
Hello respected GP School Board Members!
It has come to my attention that an intention to begin using Glyphosate on school grounds has been added to today’s SB meeting agenda.
On behalf of Beyond Toxics, Non Toxic Southern Oregon, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and several concerned community members who have reached out to us directly, we are writing to request that your decision to spray Glyphosate on Grants Pass School District parks be stalled for further input and guidance from our organizations and from the community.
The data is overwhelmingly clear that Glyphosate, and Roundup (the main product on the market of which “glyphosate” is the key component), is linked with high rates of cancer for children whose immune systems are the most absorbent and susceptible to disease, for pets who play in school parks throughout the community, for our precious and endangered pollinator species who grow our foods and sustain all life on earth, for the aquatic life affected by runoff down the waterstream, and most certainly for the school groundskeepers who will be spraying the product and their families who may be affected when they go home.
With the leadership of many passionate parents and community members, Phoenix Talent School District just last week placed a moratorium on Roundup and glyphosate on their school grounds and will also begin to replace their pesticide use with an Organic First IPM Approach as a general administrative ruling. Our hope is that you will feel inspired by our local presence and support and follow a similar path for the sake of healthier children, healthier community and a healthier valley.
Our groups are currently educating and informing our Grants Pass community while also collecting petition signatures to demonstrate our caring attention to your decisions as well as our desire to see you get support in choosing the healthier options that will help us rest easy.
We at Beyond Toxics, Non Toxic Southern Oregon and Pollinator Project Rogue Valley are at your service with the ongoing process of finding and implementing non-toxic alternatives and writing your IPM to reflect a new set of clean, healthy and safe land management values for the GP spaces where our kids play. After all, once we look at the scientific data and listen to our local parent’s speak, how much toxicity do we want to say is okay? How much do we want to humans to come into contact with? How much better can we sleep at night by implementing a new Organic IPM approach like Phoenix-Talent?
Here are some recent articles from universities and the National Institute of Medicine:
CNN: Glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/health/us-glyphosate-cancer-study-scli-intl/index.html
National Institute of Medicine: Pesticide Exposure and Child Neurodevelopment: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4247335/
International Interagency for Research on Cancer: https://www.iarc.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/MonographVolume112-1.pdf
Please consider this evidence and our shared request that you stall your decision and instead place a moratorium of Glyphosate while considering organic options. We are here with you and to be counted on for the joy of this process.
Wanting the best for our children and community’s health,
Kind regards and gratitude for the presence of our community,
We look forward to being in contact with you!
Bianca and Kristina
(On behalf of BT, NTSO, PPRV and so many GP individuals tagged in this email, on Facebook and beyond)
Non Toxic Southern Oregon is an initiative of Beyond Toxics and Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. We are advocating and educating for safe public spaces for people, pets, and pollinators.
Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is a volunteer-led nonprofit. We envision safe, healthy, and thriving pollinator habitat for every community.
Beyond Toxics is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose members are dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. We have a long history of advocating for safer pesticide policies including the current Oregon School IPM law. We are particularly dedicated to protecting the health of children.
Environmental Justice Community Organizer, So. Oregon
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“Thank water for your life.”
– Grandma Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, Confederated Tribes of Siletz & Global Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
The Democratic Party of Oregon Environmental Caucus and many other groups have worked hard on the Clean Energy Jobs bill. The current version SB 1530 has flaws but is supported with some reservation by the majority of the Executive Committee of the Caucus. We strongly urge you to make your voice heard.
We’ve created an overview of the bill and recommendations for improvement. Please download and share. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v16tKK6NtF_y2HWSkmupS6wI5W2LdUxs/view?usp=sharing
- This provides an annual declining cap (needs better targets) and mechanism to bring in money to invest in carbon reductions and climate adaptation.
- Rural Oregon gets significant investment over 50 percent to manage fire and invest in “Natural and Working lands.”
- Low- to moderate-income and all rural Oregonians will get a tax credit for gas prices.
- Forest carbon emissions are 40% of Oregon’s total and are only addressed in offsets. These items need important changes (read the handout)
- If testifying-use personal reasons for calling for climate change action.
- We know that this bill alone will not cut our emissions 76% by 2030 as recommended by IPCC climate scientists, so we must advocate for other legislative and administrative action next session. (a wish list is included in the handout).
TAKE ACTION: Please take one of the actions below.
Tuesday, February 4: Public testimony on the Cap and Trade bill, SB 1530, before the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; 3 – 5pm. State Capitol 900 Court St NE, Hearing Room C. Arrive early
Wednesday, February 5: Hearing before the Senate Wildfire Reduction and Recovery Committee. 1-3pm State Capitol, Hearing Room B. Read the letter we signed onto. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f_AH762iWxjFZAiGI3Sx4DMEtb_6R1ig/view?usp=sharing
Thursday, February 6: Press Conference at Renew Oregon office in Portland, 222 NW Davis, 3rd Floor, 10 AM. RSVP here! We need to pack the room. There will be an excellent photo opportunity with a tremendous group of children.
Renew Oregon’s “Social Media Storm” for strong climate action on Twitter and Facebook from 8am-2pm from wherever you are. Use these hashtags #orleg #orpol #ORClimateAction
Hearing Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; 3 – 5pm, State Capitol, Hearing Room C. This is the day of the Timber Unity Rally and the Oregon Public Health Association Lobby Day at the Capitol so if you plan to attend be sure to arrive early. Send testimony to email@example.com
Saturday, February 8: The third (and likely final) opportunity for public testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; 3-5 pm, State Capitol 900 Court St. NE Salem, OR 97301, Hearing Room C. If you’ve been unable to attend weekday hearings, here’s your probably one and only opportunity for attending a weekend hearing. RSVP here! Be sure to arrive early and grab a seat when the committee room opens.
February 11: Call your Senator’s office and make an appointment for February if you’re going to Salem. Otherwise leave a message in support of SB 1530 and climate action now using our talking points. Rally for a strong cap and invest bill on the steps of the Capitol. Noon – 1:30. RSVP here! Bring your climate action signs, buttons, and hats!
Carpooling? Riders and Drivers > http://bit.ly/climatecarpool
Reply if you can be a lead to make appointments for a contingent for your district.
Send your personalized testimony now to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy your state legislators.
For our future,
Secretary, Environmental Caucus of DPO
Members of the Climate Mobilization Project are collecting signatures on our petition to encourage the Josephine County Commissioners, the Grants Pass City Council, and the Cave Junction City Council to develop Climate Emergency Plans of their own. Look for us at the upcoming Logan Will Ultimate Challenge and KS Wild’s Siskiyou FilmFest, both at Grants Pass High School, and other events throughout the year. Show our local government leaders that you are concerned about this climate emergency and want them to take action now to save the planet for our children and grandchildren.
The Environmental Caucus will be gathering signatures on our petition at two upcoming events. The purpose of our petition is to encourage the Josephine County Commissioners, the Grants Pass City Council, and the Cave Junction City Council to declare a Climate Emergency and develop Climate Emergency Programs to do their part to reduce or eliminate negative impacts on the climate to help reduce or reverse climate change.
We will be at the Logan Will Ultimate Challenge at Grants Pass High School on Friday, January 31st, and Saturday, February 1st. The Logan Will Ultimate Challenge is a debate tournament sponsored by the National Speech & Debate Association. There will be between 300 and 400 entries from 20 schools. You will have an opportunity to see the brightest and the best of our youth in action. In fact, a new member of our caucus will be in the competition. We will have a table and chairs, clipboards, pens, and petitions in the commons. If we have enough help we can take turns watching the competition.
We will be at KS Wild’s Siskiyou FilmFest at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 9th from 3 to 8 pm. They always have a great lineup of nature and conservation documentaries of various lengths. There are 10 on the schedule for this year. Again, if we have enough help, we can take turns watching the films.
We can use your help collecting signatures on our petition at these events. If you would like to help, call Rick Flora at 949-463-7710 or email me at email@example.com.
The Environmental Caucus will be meeting from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 30th at the JoCo Dems headquarters on 7th and C streets to prepare for these events. Please join us.
Pembina has withdrawn their application for a permit to dredge Coos Bay in preparation for their planned Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. What, on the surface, appears to be great news may just be another tactic by Pembina to get around providing information detrimental to the advancement of this project. For more information go to the Oregon Public Broadcasting article by Liam Moriarty.
For a short discussion of the fight against the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and the Pacific Connector Pipeline check out this excellent article by Rogue Climate’s Allie Rosenbluth.