Oregon

Climate & Environment
Half a million people flee Oregon to escape wildfires
Oregon Wildfires, 2018
Oregon Wildfires, 2018 Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20180811-FS-Rogue-KG-1068_(30465240178).jpg

Over half a million people – or 10+% of the state's population – are fleeing Oregon to escape the wildfires that have been raging across the Pacific Northwest.

Governor Kate Brown (D) told reporters that this most likely wasn't a "one-time event" and that the current situation was a "bellwether for the future" of "acute impacts of climate change." Brown has reported that at least four people have died, including a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother.

Climate & Environment
California wildfires turn Bay Area skies orange
Smoke from the North Complex fire settles over San Francisco, turning the daytime sky a dark orange.
Smoke from the North Complex fire settles over San Francisco, turning the daytime sky a dark orange. Credit: Christopher Michel / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The smoke generated by the wildfires raging across California has turned the Bay Area skies into a deep orange and has caused ash to rain down on San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland on Wednesday morning.

Wildfires are currently devasting large parts of California, Washington and Oregon.

Health
United States: Oregon includes vote for therapeutic psilocybin legalization on ballot
Fruit bodies of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata
Fruit bodies of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata Credit: Arp (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The Initiative PDX-01 has managed approval for inclusion on the ballot of the presidential elections of the United States in November. Voters in Oregon will decide if psilocybin will be allowed for therapeutic use. The measure calls for a transition period of two years in which therapists will be licensed to be approved to treat patients with the psychedelic substance that is found in psychedelic mushrooms.

The chief petitioner of the campaign Sheri Eckerd has stated that "This careful, regulated approach can make a real difference in peoples’ lives and we’re looking forward to bringing this program to the state" advocating for approval by the voters. Oregon would be the first state to legalize the limited use of the substance.