Climate News Weekly Roundup: October 8-14

Posted by on October 13, 2017

Top Stories: Local, National, Global

Deadly Fires: The worst wildfires in state history burned in Northern California this week. A state of emergency was declared, and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has the latest on the fires. More: “California’s Wildfires: Why Have They Been So Destructive?” (Julie Turkewitz, New York Times).

National Backslide: The EPA announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan. In California, leaders vow to stand up for clean power. In other EPA news, Chief Scott Pruitt said he supports elimination of solar and wind tax incentives (Timothy Cama, The Hill).

Earlier Runoff: A New UCLA study indicates that we’ll see runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack much earlier in the year as a result of climate change.

Wind Power Potential: A new study finds that wind energy over open oceans could be the next major step for renewable energy (Chris Mooney, Washington Post).

Promising Poll: A new poll (The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research) reveals 7 in 10 Americans understand we’re experiencing climate change and more severe weather-related disasters; more than half say climate change is very or extremely important to them; and nearly half understand that human activities play a part.

Reading List: Commentaries, Features, Longreads

“Our Changing Climate Mind-Set” (Robert Jay Lifton, New York Times)

“Calculating the Cost of Weather and Climate Disasters” (NOAA)

“Interview: Few global issues as urgent as tackling climate and disaster risks — UN Official” (UN News)

See and Hear This: Images, Videos, Podcasts, More

How the US Generates Electricity (Carbon Brief)