Oregon is an example of a state with a long history of action when it comes to climate change. In its current session, the Oregon legislature is considering multiple climate change bills. There also is talk of a ballot initiative.
What does that mean when it comes to understanding what is at stake in Oregon? What are the arguments for different climate-based conversations? A person’s typical exposure to these conversations is periodically reading a newspaper story or hearing a pitch from one advocacy group or another. Would the conservation be more productive in leading to positive climate change outcomes if anyone looking for it had access to the “full picture”? That is the intent of the Oregon and Climate Change Dashboard. It is not intended to provide “the” answer to the questions being discussed—primarily because there is no obvious “right” answer—but it can help users explore the issues and perhaps be motivated to dig deeper. This Spotlight groups information around four headings:
- Scenarios: visualizations of key issues extracted from key documents
- News Stories: Selected news coverage
- Reports: Selections from the substantial body of work on climate change in Oregon and Oregon’s climate options
- Web Resources: where you can go to explore climate change conversations
As is the case throughout the Climate Web, hovering over a thumbnail graphic in the Climate Spotlight expands it to become easily readable. Clicking on one of the column headings may display more thoughts that are linked to the heading, but not shown in the Spotlight. The visuals organized in the Spotlight do not exist in isolation. You can click through to explore the source of the graphics, the documents and news stories themselves, or hundreds of other relevant documents, news stories, and blogs if that is your goal.
To back up to a prior view at any time, click on the “breadcrumb trail” at the bottom, or simply backspace in your browser. To return to the original Spotlight view at any time, click here at any time.
This Spotlight is just one example of how Oregon’s climate change conversation can be organized. A different view is presented as a Jump Thought to the left of the Dashboard home thought, entitled Climate Change and Climate Policy in Oregon. We welcome your feedback on the two visualizations and approaches.
This Oregon Spotlight is just an example of Spotlights that can be built around specific documents, policy proposals, or regional interactions with climate change. To explore additional Spotlights contact us at 503-913-0025.