- Widespread local plant and animal species extinctions are already occurring as a result of anthropogenic climate change, research from the University of Arizona has found. It showed that local extinctions have now already occurred in 47% of the 976 species analyzed in the study, as a result of climate change caused by human activity. [CleanTechnica]
- The field of “attribution science” has made immense progress in the last five years. Researchers can now tell people how climate change impacts them, and not in 50 or 100 years, but today. Scientific American interviewed Friederike Otto, deputy director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. [PBS NewsHour]
- By century’s end, the number of summer storms that produce extreme downpours could increase by 200% to 400% across parts of the US, a peer-reviewed study says. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, also finds that the intensity of individual extreme rainstorms could increase by as much as 70% in some areas. [Daily Comet]
- Looking back on 2016 for the US solar industry, though final data is not yet in, 2016 was clearly boom time. While the market has grown every year in the 21st century, when final numbers are published the volume of the US market is expected nearly to have doubled, from just over 7 GW in 2015, to 13-14 GW in 2016. [pv magazine USA]
- New England policymakers hope to reach agreement in 2017 on revised market rules for state clean energy policies. With looming threats to federal carbon emissions action, New England is moving ahead with its plans to decarbonize through power purchase agreements and other means under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [RTO Insider]
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