[GWSG] Germany hits 90%; energy recs; investment rec; temp plot; 2C doable; boreal fires

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed May 11 11:02:59 EDT 2016

1.  On May 8, briefly, Germany generated 90% of its power renewably.  Ordinarily, the figure is 30%; in the US, 13%.  Both are headed up.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/09/3776629/germany-renewable-generation/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=1174b846a0-Clean_Economy_Wire12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-1174b846a0-326454481

2.  An overview of the energy transition yielded ten recommendations.  Among several organizational issues are two technical ones concerning the grid: upgrading it for efficiency and expanding its control to a regional system.  http://cleantechnica.com/2016/05/10/way-renewable-grids/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

3.  Peter Lynch advises that the energy transition "presents us with the greatest investment opportunity of all time!"  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/05/the-dawn-of-the-solar-age-and-the-greatest-investment-opportunity-of-all-time-part-i.html  (This isn't that Peter Lynch, but he does make a couple of good points.)

4.  An animated plot of global temperatures over time shows how rapidly we are approaching the agreed limits of warming.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/05/10/climate-spiral-rising-global-temperatures/84185746/

5.  Hoesung Lee, head of the IPCC, says that the goal of 2C is still achievable but will require a great effort, and the more we delay the greater and more expensive that effort must be.  (The 1.5C goal has been understood to depend on removing and storing atmospheric carbon.)  He says that we need to begin investigating governance as well as techniques for geoengineering.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/un-climate-change-hoesung-lee-global-warming-interview

6.  The recent large forest fire in Alberta, CA, is one of a series in boreal forests linked to global warming.  The fires add carbon to the atmosphere, causing further heating and creating a feedback loop.  Soot from the fires also spurs surface melt in Greenland.  Boreal forests represent about a third of those on Earth.    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/science/global-warming-cited-as-wildfires-increase-in-fragile-boreal-forest.html?emc=edit_th_20160511&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=43628374&_r=0  ?

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