Column: Solving climate change will have side effects. Get over it.
BY SAMMY ROTH COLUMNIST
When I wrote a column two weeks ago urging the Biden administration to approve a lot more solar and wind farms on Western public lands, I knew I would get flak from critics of large-scale renewable energy — and indeed I did.
On social media, conservationists blasted me for what they described as my failure to understand that sprawling solar projects and towering wind turbines tear up wildlife habitat and destroy treasured landscapes. They called me a shill for money-grubbing utility companies and suggested it’s obvious that we should rebuild our energy systems around solar panels on rooftops.
I’m sympathetic to those arguments and want to clarify where I’m coming from.
I’m familiar with the science showing that human survival depends in part on limiting further biodiversity loss and protecting much of the remaining natural world. I feel a deep appreciation for America’s spectacular public lands; I’ve hiked and camped across the West, from the Teton Crest Trail to Mt. San Jacinto. I’d love to see more national monuments created.
In an ideal universe, I’d support building renewable energy exclusively within cities and on previously disturbed lands such as farm fields and irrigation canals. In an ideal universe, I’d support only climate solutions that don’t cause other problems.
But we don’t live in an ideal universe.
We live in a universe where every clean energy technology has drawbacks, whether economic or technical or political. A universe where there aren’t enough rooftops to replace all the fossil fuels we now burn. Where skeptical farmersare fighting to stop their neighbors from switching to solar energy production. Where building solar on canals is wildly expensive, at least so far.
Just as importantly, we live in a universe where human beings use mind-boggling amounts of energy.
Every time we flip a light switch, run the dishwater or take a drive, we’re using energy. Our coffee mugs, our clothes, our homes — they took energy to manufacture. Same with the food we eat, the TV shows we love and our favorite board games.
Even with aggressive energy-efficiency improvements, we’ll need an unprecedented solar and wind building spree to replace all the coal, oil and fossil natural gas boiling the planet and spewing toxic fumes responsible for millions of deaths each year.
So why have we had so much trouble coalescing around the need for a broad range of clean energy technologies?
If you ask me, it’s because it’s so hard to grapple with the enormity of the climate crisis.
Deadlier heat waves, bigger wildfires, shrinking reservoirs, rising oceans — we understand them on paper. But most of the time they’re abstract, lurking in the background. Whereas a wind farm that will kill golden eagles is tangible, easy to grasp. Same with a solar farm that will be visible from Joshua Tree National Park, or an electric line that will cut through ancient burial sites.
It’s not wrong to care about that stuff. It’s not wrong to want to protect the places we know and love.
But too many of us have gotten stuck looking at the world through a narrow defining lens.
Mistrustful of monopoly utility companies? Then you probably see rooftop solar panels as the ideal climate change solution. Live near the coast and love the ocean views? Then solar farms in the desert probably sound better than offshore wind turbines. Find it easier to cope with the idea of climate chaos if you can convince yourself a single technology or policy will fix everything? Then maybe you’re a devotee of nuclear reactors, or a carbon fee, or carbon capture and storage.
If we were having this conversation a few decades ago — say in 1988, after climate scientist James Hansen testified to Congress that global warming had arrived — then debating the best suite of climate solutions might be a good use of time. We could work together to reach consensus on the right path forward and ensure the side effects were as painless as possible.
But this is 2023, not 1988.
Largely thanks to the fossil fuel industry’s climate denial and the Republican Party’s continued intransigence, we’re out of time. I keep saying this in my columns, but it bears repeating: Scientists have calculated we need to cut global climate pollution nearly in half by 2030, just seven years from now, to avoid an extremely scary future. Seven years is nothing. This is an emergency.
Much as I hate the idea of paving over desert tortoise habitat with solar panels or refusing to remove dams that have decimated salmon populations, I hate the idea of 3 degrees Celsius of planetary warming a lot more. Much as I sympathize with rural towns that don’t want to live with industrial wind turbines as their neighbors, I sympathize more with my neighbors here in Los Angeles who can’t afford air conditioning and don’t want to die of heatstroke the next time the thermostat hits 121 degrees.
For those of you reading this with frustration — I realize I’m probably not going to convince you. You don’t know why I can’t just understand that your climate solution is the best one, and use my platform as a journalist to help bring it about.
My unsatisfying response is that I’m a realist.
I know that not every proposed clean energy solution is a good idea. But the reality is that solar farms and wind turbines, for all their faults, are some of the most proven, cost-effective, politically popular tools for reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
I could spend all my time singing the praises of rooftop solar — which I did last week, by the way — and it wouldn’t change the fact that avoiding the worst consequences of climate change will be a hell of a lot easier if we embrace big solar and wind.
Now, for those of you reading this and nodding in agreement — thanks for your support. But I hope you’ll stop and ask yourself: What are you personally willing to sacrifice to bring about a safe climate future? What changes will you make in your life?
Will you eat less meat, replace your gas stove with an induction cooktop or lease an electric car? Will you make climate change a top priority at the ballot box, and post about it on Instagram, and bring it up at the dinner table on Thanksgiving?
If you hear about a climate solution that rubs you the wrong way, will you swallow hard and look the other way?
Because that’s what it’s going to take.
To maintain a habitable planet for ourselves and our children and grandchildren, we’ll need to make some compromises. We’ll need to stand by and watch as some pristine ecosystems are razed in the name of renewable energy. We’ll need to learn to live with exorbitantly wealthy investors raking in additional profits at our expense. We’ll need to elect some politicians whose ideas don’t fully line up with our own, because they’re nonetheless our best hope of avoiding planetary collapse.
Above all, we’ll need to stop yelling at each other and start cooperating with people we think are wrong.
That’s the world we live in. Welcome to the Anthropocene.
And now, here’s what’s happening around the West:
This past Friday and Saturday were 2 degrees Celsius hotter than Earth’s preindustrial average — the first times we’ve crossed a climate threshold that scientists have long urged us to avoid.
Two days at that level doesn’t mean we can’t still avoid longer-term warming above 2 degrees. But they do serve as an urgent reminder that we can’t keep wasting time, experts told my colleague Hayley Smith. And even if we ultimately fail to limit warming to 2 degrees, every barrel of fossil fuel that we don’t burn makes a difference. As climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe told Hayley and The Times’ Ian James for their important story on the latest U.S. climate report, “Every 10th of a degree of warming matters. Every bit matters.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is out with a new analysis showing how much more it must do to bring clean energy to low-income communities and people of color.
Hayley Smith wrote about the report, which found that just 23% of the city’s electric vehicle investments, 38% of its solar projects and 46% of its home energy-efficiency incentives have gone to disadvantaged communities. For an example of how climate action can help those communities, see this piece by Oakland Voices’ Momo Chang about a California program bringing rooftop solar to an affordable housing complex for Oakland seniors. (See also my column from last week about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointees slashing rooftop solar incentives for apartment renters.)
On a Northern California farm, a Black naturalist is working to use African American heritage to help usher humanity through the climate crisis.
Here’s the powerful story, from The Times’ Tyrone Beason, about EARTHseed Farm and its founder, Pandora Thomas. “People look to Black culture for what’s the newest music, hairstyle or fashion trend,” she says. “Imagine if they looked to our communities for what’s the newest trend for how we should be living around climate practices and environmental practices. What can we garner from the past that we can bring to this moment to help us plot a better future?”
California officials voted to let Pacific Gas & Electric bury 1,230 miles of power lines — a multibillion-dollar investment that should help reduce wildfire ignition risk but will also contribute to PG&E customers paying an average of $32 more per month.
The company had asked for an even bigger rate increase to pay for burying even more power lines, the Associated Press’ Adam Beam writes. Electric rates are already frustratingly high, but this type of investment is almost certainly necessary — just last week, Cal Fire concluded that a Southern California Edison power line helped spark the 2022 Fairview fire, which killed two people, the Washington Post’s Vanessa Montalbano and Brianna Sacks report. In related news, the California Supreme Court just ruled that PG&E can’t be sued for shutting off power to prevent wildfire ignitions, my colleague Kevin Rector reports.
The Biden administration is rolling out $169 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to support manufacturing of electric heat pumps — a crucial tool for replacing gas heating in our homes and businesses.
Details here from Wired’s Matt Simon. In addition to slashing climate pollution from gas boilers, heat pumps can help protect us from volatile natural gas prices. Speaking of which, if you’re a Southern California Gas customer worried about gas prices rising sharply again this winter, you can sign up to get text message warnings from SoCalGas, The Times’ Karen Garcia reports.
Will a quietly approved new law help California build out the power grid as fast as we need to support millions of electric cars, heat pumps and stoves?
Senate Bill 410, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, hadn’t sounded like that big of a deal to me. But this deep dive by Canary Media’s Jeff St. John makes a compelling case that the law could go a long way.
100% CLEAN ENERGY
The Gila River Indian Community is moving ahead with the first U.S. project to cover part of an irrigation canal with solar panels.
There are still high costs and technical barriers to overcome before solar on canals can become a significant piece of the push for 100% clean energy. But this first-of-its-kind project is a big step forward, the Arizona Mirror’s Shondiin Silversmith writes. In another example of an innovative project to limit environmental damage from renewable energy, California now has its second small solar-plus-storage plant featuring used electric car batteries, as Kavya Balaraman reports for Utility Dave.
The Bill Gates-backed company making plans for a small nuclear power plant in Wyoming insists the cancellation of a similar nuclear project in Idaho does not portend its doom.
WyoFile’s Dustin Bleizeffer explained what makes TerraPower’s “small modular reactor” proposal different from the one that failed in Idaho, while also talking with critics who see nothing but trouble for the Gates-funded startup. Here in Southern California, meanwhile, dismantling of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant is more than 60% complete, per the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Rob Nikolewski. But the iconic San Onofre domes — which you may have seen driving between L.A. and San Diego, just off the 5 Freeway — probably won’t start coming down until 2026.
Portugal just ran on 100% clean energy for six days in a row.
Yes, it’s possible. Canary Media’s Julian Spector explains how.
ROADS AND RIVERS
Last week’s brief closure of a portion of the 10 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles set off a panic. Now why can’t the freeway system’s role in fueling the climate crisis do the same?
My colleague Ryan Fonseca wrote about the need to invest in public transit good enough that people will want to stop driving on traffic-clogged, polluting highways. The Times’ editorial board weighed in as well, writing about the surprising speed with which public agencies were able to repair the 10 last week. “There are countless other transit, pedestrian and safe-streets projects that deserve a similar sense of urgency,” the editorial board wrote.
Can Southern California’s mountain towns survive climate change?
That’s the question posed in this harrowing story by my colleagues Grace Toohey, Summer Lin and Nathan Solis, about the unprecedented winter storms that wreaked havoc in the San Bernardino Mountains earlier this year — the kind of storms getting worse with more fossil fuel pollution. In another reminder of the dangers, Grace also wrote about a new report finding that heavy winter rains caused a landslide that destroyed eight homes in the Los Angeles County city of Rolling Hills Estates. Farther north, a stretch of California’s iconic Highway 1 remains closed 10 months after it was battered by winter storms, The Times’ Thomas Curwen reports.
The Eel River is on track to become California’s longest free-flowing waterway, as Pacific Gas & Electric formalizes a plan to tear down two dams to clear the way for salmon passage.
Mary Callahan has the story for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, writing that PG&E’s plan “fulfills long-held dreams of conservationists and fishery groups to see the cold, clear headwaters of the Eel River, part of the Mendocino National Forest, reopened to migrating fish and to restore natural river flows.”
ONE MORE THING
There’s nowhere we can go to escape the realities of climate change — not even Disneyland.
“The next generation’s theme parks will need to minimize the walking space between attractions. That space will need to be filled with shady trees and cooling landscaping, not cheap concrete and tarmac,” theme park expert Robert Niles writes for the Orange County Register. “Waiting, dining and shopping areas will need to be indoors, or at least covered and cooled.”
Niles’ column is a high-level look at what Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks might need to do to stay safe and comfortable for customers as the planet heats up and weather gets more extreme.
“Bad weather is the design challenge that will determine the industry’s future,” Niles writes.
As a big Disneyland fan, I hope that is a challenge someone accepts.
This column is the latest edition of Boiling Point, an email newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. You can sign up for Boiling Point here. And for more climate and environment news, follow @Sammy_Roth on X.
Sammy Roth is the climate columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He writes the weekly Boiling Point newsletter and focuses on clean energy solutions. He previously reported for the Desert Sun and USA Today, where he covered renewable energy and public lands. He grew up in Westwood and would very much like to see the Dodgers win the World Series again.
Here are more “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
Heat waves one after another in South America.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 21, 2023
Yesterday in ARGENTINA new record of Highest Minimum temperature in climatic history at Jujuy Aero (907m asl) with 25.4C.
Fierce heat will increase and spread to Brazil with temperatures up to 43C again next 3 days. https://t.co/DzcS7YbI5c
Exceptional mildness in Alberta,Canada.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
On 21 November temperatures reached 18.8C at 1114asl at Sundre with a total of 18 stations >15C due to chinook winds. https://t.co/gdDCABaCd4
Record heat no stop in Western AUSTRALIA.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
Highest November Min. Temperatures on records
at Rottnest Island,Gingin,Carnamah and Swanbourne (see below).
Yesterday highest November temperature on records at Mullewa with 44.0C.
Today Mandora reached 44.9C,Perth Airport 38.1C. https://t.co/KJcrBkXoC2
Cold wave is pouring into China, and strong winds are blowing in the north today, gust in Xinjiang reaching 33.3m/s. In areas where cold wave has not yet arrived, 82 stations broke the record for late November.Temperature difference across China exceeding 60C! @extremetemps pic.twitter.com/HFaiwYt2Kk— Jim yang (@yangyubin1998) November 22, 2023
Indonesia is living an extraordinary heat wave since months:Records are falling one after another.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
Today 38C in Java,37.4C Flores Island,37.2C in Sulawesi.
Historic heat in the Sambu Island with 37.3C at Waingapu, hottest day in climatic history of the island. pic.twitter.com/qWJdwvLOMh
Record November heat in Saudi Arabia:still hot days and nights even at high elevations:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
Gizan MIN. temperatures up to 28.2C
35.0 Sharurah 720m
34.0 Najran 1200m
There is no end in sight to this abnormal heat,December will start breaking records allover Africa and Asia. pic.twitter.com/ZyO7m72j0V
The warmth moved to TAJIKISTAN where temperatures at dawn were summer-like 23C at Dangara 670m asl.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
The 20.4C TMIN yesterday at Serkhetabat,Turkmenistan not just destroyed both November and October records by >3C in 120 years but it's the highest ever after a 12 September❗️ https://t.co/OJRbg2FCpX
Record heat in MADAGASCAR.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
Yesterday Majunga (Mahajanga) rose to 39.0C destroying its all time record.
The extreme heat is set to continue for some more days. pic.twitter.com/E108iUXLO1
In Perth, Australia, intense heat is smashing November records – and Perth was issued the 1st "extremely severe" heatwave in its history— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) November 23, 2023
Undoubtedly the first of many
How long before Perth becomes uninhabitable? Very few Australian politicians or Media seem to care#climate pic.twitter.com/cGxJC04FYF
Here is more October 2023 Climatology:
October 2023 in #Russia was the 2nd warmest in climatic history after 2018.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 22, 2023
Temperature anomalies were generally between +2C and +5C above average, excluding a portion of European Russia including Moscow which was 0.3C below average.
See map by Meteoinfo. ru pic.twitter.com/hcTRV6iYWb
Here is More Climate and Weather News from Wednesday:
Today's Berardelli Bonus, this weekend Earth "briefly" shot past 2C Paris milestone. Very temporary but the new UN Emissions Gap report says we're headed for +2.5-3C late century if we don't take aggressive action. So what does that mean in about 50 years from now? More here: pic.twitter.com/PPapl450d9— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) November 22, 2023
“In the face of this evidence, ‘for a growing number of ice sheet experts,’ the true ‘guardrail’ to prevent dangerous levels and rates of sea level rise is ‘not 2C or even 1.5C, but 1C above pre-industrial,’ the report concludes.” https://t.co/93nCK9mXCs— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) November 22, 2023
“Because that means [sea level rise] is not just going to be gradual,” @DrAndreaDutton said. “It could be like, whoop, there goes a whole half a meter all at once.”— Jeff Goodell (@jeffgoodell) November 22, 2023
Outstanding piece about a great scientist at work. Context, narrative, great visuals.https://t.co/gnNOYx4vYC
I asked Thomas Piketty what impact climate inequality was having, and what should be done about it. He wants wealth taxes, tighter regulations – and a ban on private jets. https://t.co/3qwczFroQs— Fiona Harvey (@fionaharvey) November 22, 2023
Breaking news!— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 23, 2023
September's number just came in from CERES, and you guessed it, a new all-time record for the 36-month running Earth Energy Imbalance, at 1.50W/m².
This is equivalent to 1.15 billion Hiroshima bombs worth of planetary heating over the last 36 months. pic.twitter.com/Pgr9MwlqG2
Global sea-surface temperatures are cruising along at about 5.2 standard deviations above the 1982-2011 mean (first 30 years of available data).— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 22, 2023
Good news: SSTs are not currently above 6 SD's.
Bad news: Humanity is accelerating its devastation of this once remarkable planet. pic.twitter.com/EiHtNzjc35
A lot of folks are calling the map BS because these are model projections. (Btw I picked a moderate scenario) Don’t be too sure. Models have done well so far: Models vs reality not including 2023 which will be above the model avg line. Graph from @hausfath and @CarbonBrief https://t.co/ZD1duiSxdI pic.twitter.com/mmq8cCMsmk— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) November 22, 2023
BREAKING: Brazil suffers hottest temperature ever recorded as mass media ignore collapse of major ecosystems 🧵— Ben See (@ClimateBen) November 22, 2023
The Anthropocene is characterized by accelerating change and global challenges of increasing complexity. Inspired by what some have called a polycrisis, we explore whether the human trajectory of increasing complexity and influence on the Earth system could become a form of trap… https://t.co/clb468klyR pic.twitter.com/7G9ExMQLq0— Thomas Reis (@peakaustria) November 22, 2023
The @usgcrp is hosting a series of webinars (in English and Spanish) highlighting the impacts of climate change on each region and each sector covered of the Fifth US National Climate Assessment. View the full list and sign up here! https://t.co/Z31UtWEfXh— The Real Prof. Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) November 22, 2023
Who are the polluter elite and how can we tackle carbon inequality? As emissions from the top 1% of wealthy people outstrip even further those of society’s poorest, I put these questions to some of the world’s leading economists and climate thinkers. https://t.co/6PCducIF55— Fiona Harvey (@fionaharvey) November 22, 2023
This is the area of London predicted to be under floodwater in this generations lifetime. That’s some of the most valuable estate on the planet. Flood defense systems won’t prevent that. pic.twitter.com/qZutNZqmQv— Peter Dynes (@PGDynes) November 21, 2023
WMO #GreenhouseGas Bulletin shows that concentrations of CO2 are 50% above pre-industrial levels.— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) November 22, 2023
UNEP #EmissionsGap report says that new emissions must be cut by 28-42% to reach the Paris Agreement 1.5°C goals.#COP28 pic.twitter.com/h7OsoFHED2
Any delay in takx action against climate change further pushes us towards irreversible consequences.Our collective inactx today reverberates through the generations to come, burdening them with an uninhabitable world. Climate action must be prioritized and pursued with urgency. pic.twitter.com/N2LFOhkmV0— Tangwa Abilu.🌿🌏🌾🍀🍃.SDG's. (@AbiluTangwa) November 22, 2023
If nations cut their emissions immediately, we can still prevent the very worst climate scenarios. But sadly, some consequences are now inevitable.— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) November 22, 2023
That is why leaders who are meeting at COP28 must not just promise to – but actually begin to invest in resilience and adaptation. pic.twitter.com/ksm8pNyPP3
Today’s News on Sustainable Energy, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
The Global Carbon Project's fossil CO₂ emissions dataset has been updated, data 1750-2022. This is preparatory to our full Budget release in a couple of weeks where we will present our estimates for 2023.https://t.co/tAyItS9q2B pic.twitter.com/zHFwjQvlTp— Robbie Andrew (@robbie_andrew) November 22, 2023
Batteries starting to replace fossil gas plants worldwide— Mark Z. Jacobson (@mzjacobson) November 22, 2023
"Giant batteries that ensure stable power..becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon projects for gas-fired generation"
1st half 2023 "68 gas projects put on hold or cancelled globally"https://t.co/ZqJZfsHLkz
Does this look like a sustainable situation to you….???? https://t.co/PTTMdsWCXW— Robert Redmayne Hosking 🔥🌍🔥 (@rhosking252) November 22, 2023
#WednesdayMorning Reading: #Energy – "Developers can no longer use financial modelling that assumes gas power plants are used constantly throughout their 20-year-plus lifetime…" Giant #batteries drain economics of gas power plants https://t.co/ZWvleCalKw via @YahooNews— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) November 22, 2023
F*ck their goddamn undersea oil pipeline— Alex Hale 🌒 (@NBPTROCKS) November 22, 2023
Oil spill tops 1 million gallons, threatens Gulf of Mexico wildlifehttps://t.co/E86bTZZOtt
Using bio-oil from crop residues to make iron is a pretty neat idea. Stick an industrial CCS unit on the smokestack and you could even end up with carbon negative iron.— Zeke Hausfather (@hausfath) November 22, 2023
Also, amazing backyard proof of concept! https://t.co/yyBVS97MYW
Good morning with good news: Sales of global ICE passenger vehicles are down 20% from their 2017 peak!— John Raymond Hanger (@johnrhanger) November 22, 2023
ICE sales plunged from 86 million in 2017 to 69 million in 2022. Wow!
The time left for ICE automakers to transition to EVs or die is running out!
Credit @CleanPowerDave pic.twitter.com/iHxWCVDaCz
Ford is scaling back its EV plans and blaming demand— Justin Guay (@Guay_JG) November 22, 2023
The real problem is it’s strategy – banking on incredibly expensive high end trucks without enough range just won’t cut it
Meanwhile, their competitors are leaving them behind https://t.co/WDT6OaAhU1
Peaking of global oil demand puts downward pressure on price that even OPEC price manipulation struggles to offset.— John Raymond Hanger (@johnrhanger) November 22, 2023
"U.S. crude oil tumbles below $75 a barrel."
"OPEC+ has already taken 5.16 million barrels per day off the market since 2022…"https://t.co/m6dZdlhRNl
The world's largest single-site solar farm is officially live.— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 22, 2023
The Al Dhafra solar farm contains almost 4 million solar panels. It's expected to power 200,000 homes and eliminate more than 2.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
We have the solutions. Implement them. #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/NoKHQIbcI3
#NewJersey officially adopted the Advanced Clean Cars 2 rule yesterday, joining CA, VT, NY, WA, OR, MA, VA, RI, MD and CT to require all new cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs sold in the state to be zero emission by 2035 w/interim targets starting in 2027 https://t.co/Fxcchk9CNN— Jesse D. Jenkins (@JesseJenkins) November 22, 2023
Australia: “In a time of climate crisis, Labor is approving new coalmines and giving financial incentives to open new gas fields.” https://t.co/VFa6y3ADVX— Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) November 22, 2023
More from the Weather Department:
New Weather West post! A balmily warm and dry Thanksgiving week, but growing signs of a shift toward more active and much wetter pattern in Dec thanks to MJO + El Nino! #CAwx #CAWater https://t.co/SuGiWfeguJ— Dr. Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) November 22, 2023
December looks to start off on a different note from most recent years (left), with widespread below normal temperatures across the eastern US & Europe. There are indications it won't last long, however, with signs of a Pacific trough regime heading deeper into December (right). pic.twitter.com/HnFBlDCo46— Tomer Burg (@burgwx) November 22, 2023
I previously discussed in the blog that our #PolarVortex (PV) model showed a weakening of the PV for week 2 of December & now the weather models are predicting a Canadian warming. I discuss the implications of a Canadian warming on the US & European temperatures. Blog now public. pic.twitter.com/U69KdonLyP— Judah Cohen (@judah47) November 22, 2023
Wow, Waterspout yesterday in Salerno, Campania, Italy!— Live Storm Chasers (@LiveStormChaser) November 22, 2023
LSC Permission: Nick_Granata pic.twitter.com/6YKecFU6m7
More on the Environment and Nature:
Fossil fuels are making people sick. https://t.co/1t1aUFK7Ha— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) November 22, 2023
#WednesdayMorning Reading: #Pollution: “The steps we take today to lower emissions will improve air quality and mitigate climate impacts for generations to come…" New Jersey banning sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 https://t.co/rhawaCY2JT— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) November 22, 2023
Your 'moment of doom' for Nov. 22, 2023 ~ Sunburn at the South pole.— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 22, 2023
"we find evidence of much less ozone in the centre of the Antarctic ozone hole compared to 19 years ago…the hole has not only remained large in area, but it has also become deeper…”https://t.co/g9b10ao2Dy
BREAKING: scientists confirm swathes of Earth are turning into desert 🧵 https://t.co/gFy8fs7rIF— Ben See (@ClimateBen) November 21, 2023
A growing body of research shows that old-growth redwoods store more aboveground carbon than any other forest on Earth.— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) November 23, 2023
But the redwoods have been decimated by logging.
We must restore old-growth redwood forests, argues a new op-ed.https://t.co/fTdRAeMGoX
"Microplastics In Clouds: Shock Scientists And Ignite Concerns". "Clouds Are Filled With Microplastics, Perplexing And Concerning Scientists”. How alarmed should we be? Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 18, 2023, #432 https://t.co/yGVBCJtg9k via @RealGeoEngWatch— Dane Wigington (@RealGeoEngWatch) November 19, 2023
In the early 1900s, wild turkeys were nearly extinct. Thanks to conservation efforts, their population count today is approximately 6.5 million, with ranges expanding in many areas. Next time you spot a wild turkey, remember this amazing rebound!— U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@USFWS) November 22, 2023
📷 Courtney Celley/USFWS pic.twitter.com/sxBXKwh5xi
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
⚠️UNDIAGNOSED PNEUMONIA OUTBREAK—An emerging large outbreak of pneumonia in China, with pediatric hospitals in Beijing, Liaoning overwhelmed with sick children, & many schools suspended. Beijing Children's Hospital overflowing. 🧵on what we know so far:pic.twitter.com/hmgsQO4NEZ— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 22, 2023
Another example of us humans having to rethink our actions. Chlorine disinfectant is no more effective than water at killing off hospital superbug, new study shows https://t.co/viGQjdFWHn via @physorg_com— Paul Noël, Citizen of the pale blue dot, our home (@JunagarhMedia) November 22, 2023
The Kazakh Steppe is a vast open grassland in Central Asia. It stretches across northern Kazakhstan and parts of Russia— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 22, 2023
Here are some horses running freely