[GWSG] Tidal sewage; Greenland thawing; MA public trust finding; Vejile's plan; CCA in SF; farm fixes

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat May 21 08:30:44 EDT 2016

1.  Miami Beach's new drainage pumps deliver tidal flood water from the streets, contaminated with fecal matter from septic tanks and leaky sewage systems, to Biscayne Bay.  It is a warning to clean up areas due to be submerged while we still can.  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article77978817.html  Jacksonville, FL, is spending $30 million in the next five years to replace septic systems with sewer service.  It is one of the many things we should be doing.  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-04-04/story/jea-city-jacksonville-spend-30-million-reduce-septic-tanks

2.  The Greenland ice sheet is thawing at a record rate.  Interior regions formerly stable have begun to slip toward the ocean, according to the Welsh glaciologist in the 5.6 minute video.  https://climatecrocks.com/2016/05/17/snowball-in-hell-this-years-arctic-temps/

3.  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, finding for four young plaintiffs, ordered the state Department of Environmental Protection to impose an annually increasing limit on greenhouse gas emissions.  Our Children's Trust provides a ten minute video in which Eshe Sherley, 18, explains engagingly why she was a plaintiff in the suit.  http://ecowatch.com/2016/05/17/mass-climate-change-lawsuit/

4.  Vejile, an industrial port city of 100,000 in Denmark, is the first European city to adopt a resilience strategy.  Social resilience is at its heart.  New York and New Orleans were the first cities to present strategies last year in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, which helps cities to plan for a range of risks, including climate change.  http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/19/flood-defence-vejle-denmark-resilience  Jacksonville dropped out of the 100 Resilient Cities program in January.  http://news.wjct.org/post/jacksonville-drops-out-rockefeller-foundations-100-resilient-cities

5.    San Francisco's Community Choice Aggregation power supply program has the goals of affordability, greenness, and local job promotion.  It allows customers to choose from a 35% renewable portfolio or, for $6 a month more, a 100% renewable source.  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/05/san-francisco-s-community-choice-aggregation-program-for-clean-energy-goes-online.html?cmpid=renewablesolar05212016&eid=291059574&bid=1410504

6.  Farms are responsible for about 13% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.  Reducing that figure presents an array of challenges.  One of the quickest fixes would be to reduce the world's meat consumption.  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/us-moves-cut-greenhouse-emissions-farms-new-study-finds-big-global-challenge?utm_campaign=news_weekly_2016-05-20&et_rid=17155387&et_cid=502194  Cultivation has reduced soil's carbon content by over half.  Replacing that with regenerative farming would enrich the soil and sequester carbon.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/18/business/energy-environment/a-boon-for-soil-and-for-the-environment.html?_r=0  ?

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