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HIGHLIGHT: In the Path of the Storm

Four out of five Americans live in areas hit by recent weather-related disasters. Check out our interactive online map showing, county-by-county, which weather-related disasters hit when.

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Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Boardman must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.

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New limits on carbon pollution

In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the tens of thousands of Oregonians who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.

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Driving the climate change message home

We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that two out of three Oregonians live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Oregon Takes Action: Efforts Across the Globe to Fight Ocean Pollution

To reduce ocean pollution and protect the environment, more than 80 national and local governments across the planet have taken official action to ban throw-away plastic bags or to establish fees or taxes on such bags. State, county, and city governments in Oregon should follow their lead and ban the use of plastic grocery bags.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Getting Off Oil

With oil companies taking greater and greater risks to satisfy the world’s demand for oil, the environmental toll of America’s oil dependence continues to rise. There are many technologies and policy tools, however, that can curb America’s dependence on oil.

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