For many, climate change may sound like a concept that's far in the future. But as wildfires scorch the west, hurricanes devastate the south and record-breaking heatwaves suffocate many parts of the nation, it's clear: climate change is here. This blog is your one-stop rundown on what's current in climate news, with an emphasis on the Bay Area.
- Evidence shows that tipping points leading to irreversible change have already passed, according to this United Nations report.
- It is no longer possible to prevent global warming from reaching 1.5°C.
- It is still possible to prevent warming from reaching 2°C if humans take swift action. This matters because, while many adverse effects will happen at 1.5°C, consequences will be more devastating at 2°C.
Here's what's happening now:
Friday, Oct. 15
For the second straight year, the world heads into a new La Niña weather event. Here's a look at what to know and what to expect.
Thursday, Oct. 7
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is relaunching its program to financially support residents in polluted areas seeking to buy a clean air vehicle. Here's what you need to know about the Clean Cars for All program.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Wednesday is the fourth annual California Clean Air Day, during which residents are encouraged to take action, big or small, to reduce air pollution, such as walk or bike to work or school, plant a tree or catch a free ride on public transit.
Monday, Oct. 4
As drought conditions persist statewide, officials with the East Bay Municipal Utility District said the agency has begun tapping into water from the Sacramento River to boost local supplies.
EBMUD, which delivers water to some 1.4 million people across Alameda and Contra Costa counties, typically draws from the Mokelumne River for its water supply.
The agency said the latest move is part of its drought response.
Sunday, Oct. 3
The owner of the pipeline causing the major oil spill off the Southern California coast of Huntington Beach says it is no longer leaking into the Pacific ocean, the Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon.
Cleanup efforts are ongoing, and officials say beaches could be shut down for several weeks, possibly months.
The oil slick was spotted off the coast of Newport Beach, California on Saturday and was caused by a spill from an offshore rig. The spill has dumped about 126,000 gallons of oil into the water as of Sunday morning. The last day of the Pacific Airshow was canceled to allow marine access for cleanup efforts. Read the full story here.
Locally, Northern California environmental teams are in Southern California to help out with the cleanup efforts following a massive oil spill in Huntington Beach.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is leading the wildlife response. While the Center for Biological Diversity, which has an office in Oakland is responding to assess the impact. You can see Marianne Favro's full report here.