Right ON.

From The Oregonian:
Two new sets of gray wolf pups confirmed in Oregon

After being removed from the endangered species list, gray wolves in Oregon continue to rebound as the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that two new litters of wolf pups have been confirmed after they were caught on trail cameras.

The two litters — one believed to be sired by celebrity wolf OR-7 in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest and the other by his brother, OR-3, in Lake County — mark the continued proliferation of a species that once roamed the entire state in large numbers, but was effectively eradicated in the mid 1900s in a government-sponsored attempt to appease livestock farmers.

“It’s incredibly exciting that Oregon’s wolves are starting to find their way back to places this remarkable species once called home,” Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “The fact that individual wolves are coming into this same general area tells us how important it is to keep wildlands available for continued safe passage, and to keep legal protections in place for wolves at both the state and federal levels.”

OR-7, who got his name because he was the seventh wolf to be captured and fitted with a radio collar in Oregon, was the first to establish a pack, known as the Rogue Pack, in the western part of the state after more than 60 years.

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(Forest) of Dreams….

If you protect it, they will come (back)….!

Birds flock to native forest restored at Discovery Park. But will it continue to mature?

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If we don’t hammer it home…

it will never get done….!

Tom the Dancing Bug

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Yes, get ‘r done!

Oregon’s Owyhee River: A meandering stream far from a maddening campaign

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F Nestle!

no better than Monsanto or an oil company in the end – you got yours (now we have to stop them in a likely subsequent lawsuit)!

Victory! Oregon Voters Say ‘No’ to Nestle

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How a Snotbot Drone Could Save Endangered Whales

I’m open to…if not enthusiastic about….the idea…

How a Snotbot Drone Could Save Endangered Whales

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Tell the truth, get fired.

big surprise – but then again, Monsanto doesn’t believe in free speech. Apparently John Deere no longer does, either.

Veteran Political Cartoonist Fired for Criticizing Monsanto

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The greening of Adidas…

love it!

From Bloomberg:
The Greening of Adidas

Replacing fluorescent lights or sodium outdoor lamps with LEDs makes sense from both a conservation and an economic standpoint. While LEDs cost more upfront, their longer life span and energy efficiency mean the initial investment can be recovered in just a few years. After that, LEDs generate a positive rate of return, freeing up cash for other expenses. Such calculations, however, don’t usually sway chief financial officers, who often view capital investments outside their core business as distractions.

To help make the business case for sustainability, the Environmental Defense Fund began a program in 2008 that recruits MBA students and puts them through a week of training in which they learn to talk about energy efficiency in ways that bean counters can relate to. The nonprofit then places its Climate Corps fellows at companies for 10- to 12-week internships. “They come in with a sense of humility and open ears,” says Liz Delaney, who runs the program. “A fresh perspective uncovers real solutions.”

Elizabeth Turnbull was one of 125 who completed the Climate Corps training in 2010. She was assigned to work at Adidas’s offices in Canton, Mass., the global headquarters for the Reebok brand. Progress was slow at first, partly because her managers didn’t give her any money to invest. So Turnbull spent her summer reading white papers on energy efficiency and talking to building managers and IT technicians to gain insight into operations. When she graduated from Yale the following year, she was hired full time by the German maker of sports footwear and apparel to find the best ways to reduce energy consumption across its many offices and 2,700 stores worldwide.

Turnbull presented her boss with seven projects involving mostly lighting retrofits and cooling systems. She got $750,000 to spend on the ones that could generate 20 percent returns. Using this venture capital model, Adidas has since funded 49 energy efficiency projects at a cost of about $5.5 million. The company now sets aside $2 million to $3 million a year for this purpose.

According to Turnbull, the internal rate of return has averaged 33 percent across the portfolio. The resulting reductions in carbon emissions are equivalent to taking a thousand cars off the road, she says. Not all projects meet the benchmark of a 20 percent return. “The high-return projects subsidize the low-return ones,” she says. “That’s a key innovation that we did. Before, someone said, ‘It’s more than a three-year payback, so I’m not gonna touch it.’ ”

In 2013, Adidas installed a fuel cell at its TaylorMade golf club fitting and testing campus in Carlsbad, Calif., which also houses an energy-intensive data center. The investment would have taken years to pay off had the company not used a leasing arrangement. A fix Adidas made at one of its largest server farms in Germany recouped its cost in just five months. There, the chillers that keep the servers from overheating weren’t nearly as efficient as they could be, so Adidas put in glass partitions to separate the exhaust heat from the incoming cool air.

The U.S. Department of Energy has been working with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to get companies to curb their energy consumption. Several, including Best Buy and Sprint, have already met the DOE’s prescribed goal of cutting energy use 20 percent by 2020, says Holly Carr, an energy technology specialist at the Energy Department. Although Adidas isn’t there yet, RILA and the DOE have been touting its VC-like approach to generating savings as a model for the industry. “We knew financing was a big challenge for many of our members,” says Erin Hiatt, senior manager of sustainability and compliance at RILA. “Now we can show CFOs that these investments are measurable opportunities.”

The bottom line: Adidas sets aside as much as $3 million a year to fund a portfolio of energy conservation projects that deliver high returns.

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hopefully not too little too late…

These Republican Lawmakers Are Turning To Climate Action To Help Keep Their Seats

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THAT’s for sure!

joy of tech

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