Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Future in focus

Oregon agency unveils plan to deal with climate change

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The Oregonian

The Oregon Health Authority has turned its focus toward climate change and the expected effects that pollution and drought will have on public health. The authority released its Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlining its strategy to help educate and collaborate with other agencies and officials. Last September, the state received a grant from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control to protect the public from the health effects of climate change.

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Idaho proposal seeks state funding for farm BMPs

Capital Press

Idaho lawmakers will be asked this year to provide up to $3.2 million that would be used by farmers to implement voluntary agricultural best management practices to improve water quality. State funding for those types of projects was cut significantly following the recession. The proposal’s precise details are still being worked out, said Rep. Tom Dayley, R-Boise.

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Teen's innovation may revolutionize desalination

The Oregonian

Chaitanya Karamchedu is the kind of teenager who forces you to reevaluate your entire life. Karamchedu, who goes by "Chai," is a senior at Jesuit High School in Portland who has discovered a cost-effective way to take the salt out of ocean water, which could potentially save lives all over the world. In his high school lab, Karamchedu developed a way to isolate saltwater using a polymer.

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