Utah State University researchers show link between fierce California/Nevada drought and climate change
New research by Utah State University climate scientists has shown evidence connecting the ampliﬁed wind patterns of last winter and this spring, consisting of a strong high pressure in the West and a deep low pressure in the East, to global warming.
This air pressure pattern, called a dipole, usually develops in the year before an El Nino event. According to the study, the strength of the dipole has been increasing since the 1970’s. The persistent dipole and subsequent drought in California is part of a natural variability related to the initiation of El Nino, but this relationship has strengthened in response to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Clean Energy Project helps you buy green
The Clean Energy Project will publish a Buy Green List on Earth Day, April 22. The Buy Green List is a free consumer guide to “give consumers in the Las Vegas Valley the power to reward businesses that have taken initiative in advancing the clean energy economy by supporting clean energy policies and adopting energy saving practices.” If your business is interested in being included in the Las Vegas Valley’s first Buy Green List, you can download the application HERE
DRI introduces new climate change “Green Box” for educators
Materials in the new box, designed for high-schoolers, will enable students to investigate how greenhouse gases affect air temperature, explore effects of different greenhouse gases, discuss connections between human activities and greenhouse gases and more. The climate change Green Box was created by Freda Vine, a highly regarded science educator at Clark High School in Las Vegas.
Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Pat Mulroy goes to Brooking Institution as climate change expert
Pat Mulroy, former executive director of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, is joining the Brooking institution as an expert on water and climate change. The Las Vegas Sun reports that “the managing director of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said that his organization is ‘delighted’ to add former Southern Nevada water chief Pat Mulroy to its roster of experts tackling climate change.”
Bureau of Consumer Protection petitions for a separate rate class for net metering customers
The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission to establish a separate ratepayer class for net metering customers. Solar advocates fear that this is a continuation of challenges to net metering by utilities across the nation, and say they will fight the petition.
Secretary Clinton to keynote seventh annual Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas
The Clean Energy Project announced last week that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday September 4, 2014 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Catch Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime
Here’s what Showtime tells us about Years of Living Dangerously: “This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists.”
New Climate Hero: People who watched the first episode agreed that despite the presence of Harrison Ford, the star of the show was Texas Tech climatologist Katharine Hayhoe, who is an evangelical Christian. My friends who watched the show say that Hayhoe, challenged to explain climate change to her skeptical pastor husband and churchgoing friends, has come up with some of the clearest explanations of climate change they ever have seen.
Years of Living Dangerously has eight episodes, so try to tear yourself away for at least a couple of Sunday nights from the worlds of Don Draper and Daenerys Targaryen and watch something about your own world.
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