[GWSG] Bad beef; record heat; fall NY meeting; social cost of C; 55.7% renewable; 7.3% wind; tipping point N; local forests

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Jul 25 15:25:50 EDT 2014

1.  Because cattle are inefficient processors of their feed, beef uses far more resources and contributes far more carbon to the atmosphere than its alternatives, including chicken and pork.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars

2.  Global heat set a new high last month, and the month before.  “We are living in the steroid era of the climate system,” said NOAA’s climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt.  http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/25472497/article-World-breaks-monthly-heat-record-2-times-in-a-row-?instance=special_coverage_bullets_right_column

3.  The heads of state of the US and China are part of a long list of leaders expected for a September UN meeting on climate in New York to prepare for a 2015 conference in France.  Rally organizers hope to have a million marchers to support them.   http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/24/barack-obama-xi-jinping-ban-ki-moon-climate-summit

4.  A new court ruling would require the government to consider the social cost of carbon released from the extraction of fossil fuels on federal land when permits are requested.  http://www.climatecentral.org/news/social-cost-carbon-court-ruling-17800

5.  Renewables provided 55.7% of new energy in the US during the first half of this year.  Solar accounted for about a third of new energy.  Renewables now account for 16.3% of US capacity.    http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/07/renewables-provide-56-percent-of-new-us-electrical-generating-capacity-in-first-half-of-2014?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-July23-2014

6.  Navigant Research estimates that wind will supply 7.3% of electricity globally by 2018.  http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25828

7.  An Oregon SU study finds that 15,000 years ago the northern Pacific and Atlantic oceans became synchronized in their transfer of heat north, tipping off a period of rapid climate change.  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/osu-son072314.php

8.  Deforestation shrinks markedly when forests are managed by local communities.  10-20% of greenhouse gas emissions annually result from deforestation.  http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/25/forests-land-rights-deforestation-climate-change
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