BAECCC- May 9 2017 Climate News Update

From BAECCC- Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium May 9 2017

The Coastal Conservancy has produced a short summary of the impacts of President Trump’s budget proposals on the California Coast. Wired reviews a recent paper that concludes California’s quick return from drought was a 1/100 year event, and John King of the San Francisco Chronicle has a profile of the successful Napa River flood control project. Nexus Media reports on a recent study about how migration from coastal cities in the face of sea level rise/storm surges will impact inland cities that are migration destinations.

Meanwhile, Quartz notes that for a few hours on March 11 more than half the power needs of California came from solar power (in the SF Chronicle here). Bloomberg has a great article (The Cheap Energy Revolution is Here, and Coal Won’t Cut It) full of data demonstrating the enormous advances made in the last ten years by renewable power (and natural gas), and another article describing the remarkable drop in price of offshore wind as economies of scale are realized.

The Washington Post reports on the dropping morale at the Environmental Protection Agency, including a critical letter to new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt written by a long-term staffer who just resigned. The National Center for Atmospheric Research reports on a new paper that projects increased frequency of extreme downpours, in some areas by 400%, by the end of the century. These projections, which also demonstrate increased intensity of events, were developed by running a model at a 4-km resolution in order to simulate individual storms, which took a year of supercomputing time.

Dana Nuticelli has a well-written piece in the Guardian that describes the need for the March on Science, including a link to an eloquent short film on the topic starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. University of Minnesota Physics Professor James Kakalios describes his reasons for marching in Salon, and notes that “The physics that makes TV remote controls possible does not magically stop functioning when applied to infrared-absorbing molecules in the atmosphere.” Quartz has a collection of signs from the March for Science.

In The Conversation Kevin Trenberth and Reno Knutti present why our understanding of physics has allowed the construction of climate models that can project future conditions. Environment News Service reports that EPA celebrated the People’s Climate March by removing decades worth of climate science from its website.

And in case you missed this installment from the Irony Department, the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, KY, has gone solar in order to save money on operating costs (a more detailed story here).


Andrew Gunther, Ph.D.

Executive Coordinator

Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

voice: (510) 420-1570