11-3: Wildfire chemical fallout; Clovis concedes over credentials
Flame retardants rained from the sky to stop California fires last month. Now what?
Top news for Friday, 11-3: Fire retardants and Cali crops; Clovis credentials; Climate report points to people
1. Today's top read: Cleaning chemicals after fires
Northern California fires last month took a toll:
- 43 people died
- > 8400 homes destroyed
2. Past 115 years were "the warmest in the history of modern civilization."
NPR obtained a copy of the most comprehensive climate study to date by federal scientists and reports it is "extremely likely" that human activities are the "dominant cause" of climate change.
- Past 115 years were the warmest in history of modern civilization
- Global average temperature increased by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over past 115 years
- Sea level has risen 7 to 8 inches since 1900
3. Fed watch.
USDA senior White House adviser, Sam Clovis withdraws his nomination to become the agency's chief scientist because, well, he has no science or agricultural experience.
Oh yeah—and the Iowa talk radio show host and political scientist is linked to the ongoing Russia investigation.
Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Rick Perry—who holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A&M University—linked fossil fuel use to decreased sexual assault ...
- Controversial chairman of US House science committee to retire (Nature)
- Trump wants to save Big Coal with an annual $11 billion bailout (Newsweek)
- Incoming EPA advisor thinks air is too clean (Newsweek)
- VA Delays key agent orange decisions (ProPublica)
- Pruitt demotes critic as he remakes science boards (Greenwire)
4. Energy news: China wants more green, but no dissent
- As it looks to go green, China keeps a tight lid on dissent (Yale Environment360)
- This coastal town banned tar sands and sparked a war with the oil industry (Inside Climate News)
- Dakota Access builder and Corps object to tribal proposal (LA Times)
- Fossil-fuel friendly tax plan spares oil, not solar or Tesla (Bloomberg Markets)
5. Toxics roundup - Pruitt to attend luxury chemical meeting
EPA head Scott Pruitt will head to South Carolina's Kiawah Island next week to address the American Chemistry Council's board meeting at a high-end resort.
He'll bring eight staffers with him. The government is paying for the group's expenses.
- Dramatic rise in plastic seabed litter around UK (Guardian)
- Monsanto halts launch of chemical after users complain of rashes (Reuters)
- Monsanto alleges dicamba bias (Arkansas Online)
- Newest GenX lawsuit attacks DuPont science (NC Health News)
6. Of evolution ...
Cities are one big evolutionary experiment
Urbanization has unintended consequences on city-dwelling creatures, from the peppered moths of the Industrial Revolution to today's pesticide-resistant bed bug. (City Lab)
Evolution and climate change already at issue in new Utah school science standards.
The Utah Board of Education launched a review on Thursday. (The Salt Lake Tribune)
7. Something fun.
When temperatures plummet in eastern Turkey, people round up their buffalo, get outside and strip off.
"As anyone who has lived in subzero climates for more than a couple of winters knows, staying sane means getting out into the world, whatever the weather."