One week after the March for Science, an even bigger crowd took their anger over this administration's hostility towards climate science and denial of anthropogenic climate change to Pennsylvania Avenue. In the face of mountains of scientific evidence, the US inaction on this issue may not only cost its own opportunity to become the international leader to address this arguably biggest threat to the entire humanity, but also lead to more frequent disastrous extreme weather and climate events across the world.
The University of Texas Austin's Energy Institute has created a very cool interactive map to show which types of power plants tend to be the least expensive to build in each county across the contiguous U.S. For how to play with this interactive tool to extract useful information, you can check out this Vox article. The bottom line is: the market is behind renewable energies and natural gas despite the direction of the political effort.
This Saturday, on Earth Day, April 22 2017, tens of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall, and in dozens of satellite marches across the United States. During such a challenging time, evidence-based scientific approach cannot be more crucial to our sustainable existence. Please join thousands of nerds and science-friendly folks in the March for science. If you live in Montgomery, Alabama, the march will be in Oak Park - 1010 Forest Avenue from 10 am - 2 pm.
The ongoing conflict in Syria is a total mess, as this Vox video explains. Like any phenomenon in either nature or society, this war is the consequence of complex interconnected factors. The worsening water scarcity due to a long-lasting drought in this region and changing climatic conditions have arguably played a significant role in facilitating the deterioration of agricultural output and correspondingly economic conditions in Syria, as this paper reveals. Conflicts over water and other natural resources have been witnessed repeatedly over the entire human history. With the grim projection of future climatic patterns, many can't help but worry about national securities under an increasingly changing climate.
Now that the executive order to roll back many Obama era's environmental regulations has been revealed, many observers lay their eyes on the fate of the Clean Power Plan which has been seriously challenged by many states. A Congressional Research Service Report provides useful information on the legal background of CPP and pending litigation in the case: West Virginia v. EPA.