In remarks delivered to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s aviation management unit in Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown warned that earlier wildfire seasons will become the new norm thanks to climate change.[LATimes]
[California] firefighters have responded to about twice the average number of wildfires so far this year – more than 1,100 in all.
“Our climate is changing, the weather is becoming more intense,” Brown said in an airplane hangar filled with trucks, airplanes and helicopters used by the state to fight fires. “It’s going to cost a lot of money and a lot of lives.
“The big issue (is) how do we adapt,” Brown said ,“because it doesn’t look like the people who are in charge are going to do what it takes to really slow down this climate change, so we are going to have to adapt. And adapting is going to be very, very expensive.”
With the snowpack in the Sierra mountains at just 17% of normal, state officials are bracing for a long, destructive fire season.
Under a $7 billion Army contract, five companies recently prequalified to build and maintain a series of geothermal energy projects for the Defense Department, according to a news release from the Army Corps of Engineers. [Federal Times]
Sally Jewell, the new Interior Secretary, will face Senate lawmakers today for the first time since winning confirmation back in April, defending the Interior Department’s fiscal 2014 budget request before a sub-panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee. [The Hill]
A nuclear power plant in Wisconsin will be powered down today, while ongoing maintenance troubles at an already offline plant in California may keep it permanently dark. [Grist]
The Obama Administration looks likely to come down in favor of more natural gas exports, in order to maintain leverage over China in other trade disputes. [WaPo]
A key piece of data in the biggest tar sands oil spill in U.S. history just disappeared from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, possibly reducing the resulting fine. [Inside Climate News]
Speaking on binding international emissions targets to fight global warming, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that doing nothing is “not an option.” [Gulf-Times]
A new report says the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rapidly driving ocean acidification to critical thresholds. [BBC]
The damage from Hurricane Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage into East Coast canals, streams, and roadways, says a new study. [WaPo]
The editorial board of the New York Times argues that the European Union’s carbon trading scheme is worth saving. [NYTimes]