[GWSG] Ecosystem & economy; heat graphics; slr & atmos. heat; wind & sun $; SE FL plans; Amazon tipping?; stronger storms

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat Aug 20 10:12:54 EDT 2016

1.  Stephen Mulkey analyzes the role the ecosystem plays in the economy, and the ways economic levers such as a price on carbon might serve the ecosystem.   https://environmentalcentury.net/2016/08/18/the-value-of-carbon-capture-and-sequestration-as-an-ecosystem-service/

2.  Scientific American assembles some visuals which help convey how much our earth's temperature and precipitation is set to change this century.  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/sa-visual/the-hottest-weather-ever-visualized/

3.  A study at the U of Arizona finds sea level rise fluctuations in the Pacific correlate with changes in global surface temperature. http://phys.org/news/2016-08-pacific-sea-global-temperature.html

4.   Commercial wind power from new US installations is at $.02/kilowatt hour.  The turbines are getting bigger and more efficient.  http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/18/us-wind-energy-prices-rock-bottom-levels-berkeley-lab/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29  A bid for commercial solar power in Chile has set a record low of $.0291/kWh.  http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/18/new-low-solar-price-record-set-chile-2-91%C2%A2-per-kwh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29  As the marginal cost of solar and wind energy approaches zero, some pricing mechanism must be adopted to keep the market from collapsing on itself.  http://cleantechnica.com/2016/07/27/solar-wind-prices-low/

5.  The four counties of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact have developed a Regional Climate Adaptation Plan with few specifics.  It is left to smaller scale governments to implement the plan as they see best.  Local appliance of the plan is high for some recommendations-energy efficiency, water management, and improved local sustainability, for example.  Other regions might consider the Compact as a planning model.  https://theconversation.com/can-a-single-region-in-florida-show-the-state-how-to-adapt-to-climate-change-63298?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Now%20that%20the%20NSA%20has%20been%20hacked&utm_content=Now%20that%20the%20NSA%20has%20been%20hacked+CID_9f9e2bf66bcae34c19ebd76d218940a6&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Can%20a%20single%20region%20in%20Florida%20show%20the%20state%20how%20to%20adapt%20to%20climate%20change

6.  Water cycles five or six times as it crosses the Amazon basin.  Deforestation and uncoordinated infrastructure can interrupt that cycling and tip the region to drought.  The Amazon could well be close to the tipping point.  Sustainable development, aquaculture, and solar power can be elements of a solution to the threat.  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/qa-amazon-tipping-point-may-be-closer-we-think-thomas-lovejoy-says?utm_campaign=news_weekly_2016-08-19&et_rid=17155387&et_cid=731076

7.  Peter Sinclair provides three videos on the growing violence of storms.  The third is especially interesting.  https://climatecrocks.com/2016/08/20/a-hurricane-without-wind/  ?

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