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    Pesticides and the Climate Crisis

    (By Sharalyn Peterson, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Manager) As I look out over the fields of wilted flowers and vegetable crops on my farm, I reflect on the record temperatures we’ve experienced across the Pacific Northwest this summer. Historic heat wave and drought events are becoming more common with the warming of our climate. The Northwest has warmed substantially, nearly 2°F since 1900.1 Higher temperatures create imbalances in natural systems, causing more outbreaks and damage from unwanted pests and weeds. This leads to increased pesticide use as there are more pests to manage.2 Our new Pesticides and the Climate Crisis infographic (below) shows the relationship between pesticide use and climate change, and its effects on environmental decline and human health problems.
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    Changes to NCAP’s Board of Directors

    Photo on right by Arlie Sommer, doubledutchphotography.com NCAP said goodbye to several esteemed board members recently. Marianne Ober joined the board in 2016 and led NCAP through a staffing transition in 2018, and as Board President through the 2020 pandemic year. She steps away to allow more time for her career as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Her thoughtful, people-oriented approach to supporting the NCAP mission and strategic visioning will be missed.
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