What could climate change mean for Oregon?
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Oregon’s climate is changing.
In January 2017, the Oregon Legislature received a Climate Assessment Report detailing how the state has already been impacted by an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The 106-page report says between 1895 and 2015, Oregon has warmed 2.2° F.
2015 was the warmest year on record for the state.
Snow will become scarce in Cascades later this century, the report's authors predict.
One study in the report estimates all of Oregon’s mountains, except for parts of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon, will become rain-dominate by the 2080s.
More immediately, the report highlights climate change impacts which have already occurred.
One specific example is the near-death of an entire industry in Oregon: Oysters.