[GWSG] Rept. on oceans; slr on the US E Coast; First Solar; IPCC studies 1.5C effects; Mook Sea Farm; Greenland's early melt; Folio on slr

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Apr 20 15:50:28 EDT 2016

1.  A West Coast panel of marine scientists from the US and Canada has completed a three-year project to recommend regional actions to deal with the global problem of ocean acidification.  The report recommends sequestering carbon with sea grass, and goes on to recommend revising benchmarks for water quality and measuring and controlling a range of changes from human activity.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160412211612.htm

2.  A study in Geophysical Research Letters reports that sea level rise along the US East Coast has averaged 3.5 inches a decade 2002-14 (as the recent U of Miami study reported for that area).  Land subsidence along the upper coast adds an inch a decade to that.  http://www.climatecentral.org/news/sinking-atlantic-coastline-meets-rapidly-rising-seas-20247  The article was written with no knowledge of the rapid rate of rise from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet recently reported by NOAA.

3.  At $.40 a watt and headed down, First Solar is now making panels cheaper than China's top supplier.  First Solar has improved the efficiency of their panels almost 50% and reduced costs in the last five years with an ambitious investment program, partly dependent of government loan guarantees.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-14/first-solar-making-panels-more-cheaply-than-china-s-top-supplier?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=1622d35640-Clean_Economy_Wire12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-1622d35640-326454481

4.  The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, history's largest scientific collaboration, is undertaking a study of the effects of a 1.5C increase in warming, the aspirational goal of the Paris climate agreement.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/14/worlds-scientists-to-join-forces-on-major-15c-climate-change-report

5.  Mook Sea Farm in Maine monitors and moderates ocean acidification to allow oysters and other sea life to develop.  http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/mook-sea-farm-oyster-hatchery-sows-pearls-of-wisdom-on-climate-change/

6.  Greenland's record temperatures and early melting could be an anomaly but are troubling.  http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/international/2016/04/19/270195.htm

7.  Jacksonville's Folio Weekly has run a story on the local impact of sea level rise.  It does not mention NOAA's recent warning of nine feet ten inches of rise by 2050-60, and implies that the late 20th Century rate of a little more than an inch a decade of rise is just now accelerating when in fact the yearly rate since 2002 is reported to have increased to 3.5 inches a decade and the yearly rise eight-fold since 2002 to about an inch a year and headed up, but does mention the possibility of relocating coastal communities.  It also surveys the beginning of attempts in the area confront and deal with our situation.  http://folioweekly.com/A-RISING-TIDE,15132  ?

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