The OSU Ocean Sentinel test facility buoy (left) and the WET-NZ wave energy conversion device (right) during acoustic recording and monitoring sound levels at the site during device testing.

The OSU Ocean Sentinel test facility buoy (left) and the WET-NZ wave energy conversion device (right) during acoustic recording and monitoring sound levels at the site during device testing.

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  • Oregon’s current climate plans don’t take into account how the state’s forests could help the state reach its goals. The Oregon Global Warming Commission wants to change that. We’ll talk with Vice Chair Catherine Macdonald about how to manage Oregon’s public lands to absorb more carbon. Also, the world’s oceans are warming at twice the rate they were two decades ago. And their ability to absorb excess carbon dioxide is increasingly limited. That’s according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But the oceans also offer us a lot of opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, says OSU professor Jane Lubchenco. Lubchenco is in New York this week presiding over meetings as part of international Climate Week.

 

  

  • This year, Washington State passed a bill that would allow public utility districts to produce and sell hydrogen fuel. The idea is that surplus electricity from hydropower dams could be used to split water molecules to make hydrogen. If it works, the Pacific Northwest could become a hub for hydrogen fuel production, according to Ken Dragoon, Executive Director of the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance.

 

  

  • Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy received an award from the National Indian Health Board last week for her work in public health. Kennedy joins us to discuss her career, and health care in Native American communities.

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