Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. In a seemingly strange twist, global warming is resulting in cooler temperatures and more rain in the Bay Area and along the California coast, while the Central Valley is heating up, the Chron reports, citing a new meteorological study. Although the cooling trend in the Bay Area may seem to give ammunition to climate-change deniers, it actually should be expected with global warming. That’s because rising inland temperatures are prompting more onshore breezes from the Pacific, bringing lower temps and more precipitation to coastal areas.
2. Solar power set a record last year in California, as state residents installed 194 megawatts worth of rooftop solar, a 47 percent increase over 2009, the Mercury News reports. PG&E now has 47,823 customers who use solar power as government incentives and new financing continue to spur more residents to go solar.