Jamesine Rogers Gibson

Western states senior climate analyst

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Jamesine Rogers Gibson is the Western states senior climate analyst for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ms. Rogers Gibson conducts research and policy analysis to inform and build support for robust climate policies in California and the Western states. See Jamesine's full bio.

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Wildfires across the West threaten critical infrastructure. Photo: Tim Williams. CC-BY-2.0 (Wikimedia)

Climate change is here. Can California’s infrastructure handle it?

A new white paper released by UCS today – Built to Last: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in California –makes the case for investing limited public resources in infrastructure that can withstand climate change impacts and keep Californians safe. Read more >

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View of Oroville Dam's main spillway (center) and emergency spillway (top), February 11, 2017. The large gully to the right of the main spillway was caused by water flowing through its damaged concrete surface, resulting from heavy rainfall. Photo: California Department of Water Resources.

Infrastructure Spending Is Coming. Climate Change Tells Us to Spend Wisely

The news of new federal infrastructure proposals landed in a timely fashion with this year’s Infrastructure Week. For years now, the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the U.S.’s infrastructure at near failing (D+) .Conversations in Washington, D.C. and across the country over the coming weeks and months are sure to focus on which projects to build. But we first need to ask for which future are we building? radically shaped by climate change? Read more >

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Oregon’s Climate Check-Up Offers Serious Prognosis Without Preventative Action

Each January, I journey to my doctor’s office for my annual physical. She briefly reviews my medical history before conducting an examination, and we end our visit by discussing key risk factors and a plan to manage them. Read more >

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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
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Pie and Praise: Why I’m Especially Thankful for California’s Leadership on Climate This Thanksgiving

Following our annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition, my husband and I gathered with friends around a long wooden table on Sunday night to eat homemade pies and share what we’re thankful for this year. Some said family, others their health or jobs. Read more >

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Washington Moves to Reduce Carbon: A First Step but More Work Remains

Eastern Washington was ablaze with wildfires this August as Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency for twenty counties. And the 2015 fire season was the state’s worst on record. Many factors can increase wildfire risk, and the state of Washington and external experts acknowledge that hotter, drier conditions due to climate change is one of them. It’s against this burnt landscape that the Department of Ecology (or Ecology) released its final Clean Air Rule last month to cap and reduce Washington’s carbon pollution. Read more >

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