[GWSG] Renewable Scots; g.w. & tornadoes; Mulkey UF talk; renewable Tata; Kiribati to move; efficiency savings; more NG

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Thu Mar 8 09:57:19 EST 2012

1.  Scotland is phasing out nuclear energy and has set a target of “at least” 100% renewable electricity by 2020.  http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2157105/scotland-steps-plans-100-cent-green-electricity-2020?WT.rss_f=Home&WT.rss_a=Scotland+steps+up+plans+for+100+per+cent+green+electricity+by+2020

2.  Tornado activity in the US is probably being influenced by global warming, though the decreasing wind shear may be offsetting the rising temperatures.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-usa-weather-storms-research-idUSTRE8241W620120305?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

3.  Stephen Mulkey will speak at UF next Tuesday evening: “Losing Control of the Global Thermostat: Implications for Florida, US, and the World.”  7:30, March 13, Smathers Library Auditorium 1-A.  Smathers Library is the building directly east of UF’s main library, Library West, on University Ave at NW 16th St.  Parking will be available on and near 16th Street.  Free and open to the public.  For further information: (352)672-4327<tel:%28352%29672-4327> or cclgainesville at gmail.com<mailto:cclgainesville at gmail.com>  Stephen, a widely known ecologist, was scientific advisor to Florida’s Century Commission and now presides over Unity College.  Thanks to Tom Larson for the notice.

4.  Tata, India’s largest corporation, will favor renewable energy sources over coal because “the investment is smaller, plants are built faster, and costs are more uniform.”  http://e360.yale.edu/digest/indias_tata_group__to_favor_green_energy_over_coal_plants/3364/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

5.  Kiribati is buying land in Fiji for what could be the world’s first national climate migration.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/kiribati/9127576/Entire-nation-of-Kiribati-to-be-relocated-over-rising-sea-level-threat.html

6.  Existing efficiency standards for equipment, appliances, and lighting will have saved over $1.2 trillion cumulatively by 2035 and will have saved enough energy to supply the US for 2 years.  Much more is possible.  http://aceee.org/research-report/a123

7.  A new method of extracting methane from hydrates on the ocean floor promises to make lots of money and to dramatically worsen the climate situation.  http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2012/03/08/1
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