[GWSG] NY: 50% renewable by 2030; Trump's solar expertise; NOAA report; Mulkey on goals; 1/8 of FL homes to submerge when?

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Thu Aug 4 10:30:48 EDT 2016

1.  The state of New York intends to produce 50% of its electricity renewably by 2030.  New offshore wind is an important part of the plans.  http://www.ecowatch.com/new-york-approves-clean-energy-standard-50-from-renewables-by-2030-1954654514.html

26% of New York's power is produced renewably at present.  The 2030 plan includes continued subsidies for nuclear power, which would have to be replaced by fossil fuels if the plants were to shut now.  The cost of the plan is expected to be outweighed by the benefits-jobs created and pollution avoided, for example.  http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/how_ny_will_get_50_percent_of_its_power_from_renewables_by_2030.html

2.  Donald Trump knows as much about renewable energy as he thinks he needs to.  "I know a lot about solar.  I love solar."  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/08/02/3804159/all-your-birds-are-dead/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cptop3&utm_term=2&utm_content=12

3.  NOAA's state of the climate report for 2015 supplies an overview as climate change continues.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/02/environment-climate-change-records-broken-international-report

4.  Stephen Mulkey argues that the primary conservation goal must now be "ecosystem management to maximize carbon uptake and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from natural sources."  https://environmentalcentury.net/2016/08/03/the-integrity-of-ecosystems/

5.  Zillow estimates that six feet of sea level rise would put one out of eight Florida homes underwater by the end of the century.  Their sea level rise estimate comes from a recent Nature article.   http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2016/08/03/over-900-000-florida-homes-could-be-underwater.html   NOAA's Margaret Davidson now estimates that six feet of sea level rise will come well before midcentury.  http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/04/12/405089.htm  Of course, both estimates are for global rise, and the US East Coast has been experiencing higher than average rises.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/01/why-the-u-s-east-coast-could-be-a-major-hotspot-for-sea-level-rise/?utm_term=.c701c3241b83  ?

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