Guardian: “Jeremy Leggett among 100 signatories to letter opposing oil firm’s likely influence over university’s climate change studies.” “The veteran environmental campaigners Jonathon Porritt and Jeremy Leggett are among 100 past and present students and staff who are accusing Oxford University of hypocrisy for accepting funding from
India suffers world’s biggest-ever power cut ….indirectly caused by climate change?
Power has been restored following back-to-back power cuts that left 680m people without power across the northern and eastern parts of the country yesterday. Three grids that distribute electricity to northern, eastern and north-eastern India were involved. Sushil Kumar Shinde, India’s power minister says the collapses were triggered by northern farm states overdrawing their allocated power quota to help stricken farmers trying to irrigate their fields and keep their crops alive, given failure of the monsoon rains. Time Science: ‘The bigger concerns, though, might be the increase of extreme monsoon events—both rainfall and periods of drought. According to a literature review published in Nature Climate Change in June, most research shows a decrease in moderate rainfall events since 1950, and a corresponding increase in extreme events. That could mean more catastrophic events like the great Bombay floods of 2005, after some of the strongest monsoon rains in history, and it could mean more prolonged droughts like the one northern India has struggled through this summer.”