[GWSG] Corps on campus; microgrids; blockchain; NOAA on slr; LA wetlands subside; threatened areas; NE FL petition

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Tue Mar 14 08:31:50 EDT 2017

1.  "Fossil fuel interests - oil, gas, and coal companies, fossil-fueled utilities, and fossil fuel investors - have colonized nearly every nook and cranny of energy and climate policy research in American universities, and much of energy science too. And they have done so quietly, without the general public's knowledge."  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/13/the-fossil-fuel-industrys-invisible-colonization-of-academia

2.  In Brooklyn, Bangladesh, Germany, and Australia groups of citizens are bypassing utilities by using the database technology blockchain to trade their own power, produced and stored from rooftop solar.  Some of the networks are organized by companies, others by the community members.  The idea is especially applicable to developing countries where whole regions might get along with no need to develop a general power grid.  At this point, communities are using the microgrids to supplement their standard power supplier.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/energy-environment/brooklyn-solar-grid-energy-trading.html?_r=0

3.  Blockchain makes it possible to track transactions in a secure environment, with no central authority.  It may find a range of environmental applications.  SolarCoin is a blockchain-based currency appropriate for trading power on microgrids.  https://ensia.com/features/blockchain-environment-sustainability/

4.  NOAA's Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States (January, 2017) revises their 2012 projections upward by a little less than a third and provides figures and a rationale for regional variations from the global mean sea level rise.  The report is intended to be used by coastal planners.  https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt83_Global_and_Regional_SLR_Scenarios_for_the_US_final.pdf

5.  Sea level rise in the western Louisiana wetlands has averaged half an inch a year over the past six to ten years, thanks in part to subsidence.  https://phys.org/news/2017-03-louisiana-wetlands-struggling-sea-level-global.html

6.  Failing water resources and growing heat may render parts of the Middle East and North Africa uninhabitable in a few decades.  http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/03/new-evidence-confirms-risk-that-mideast-may-become-uninhabitable/

7.  Todd Sack sends this petition for citizens of Northeast Florida to ask for climate action plans to be prepared.  The sponsoring organization is Physicians for Social Responsibility-Florida.  https://www.google.com/url?q=https://goo.gl/forms/a1HThxPIraZjozdn2&sa=D&ust=1489497587756000&usg=AFQjCNFrWM0vndLGL6m6NjEGUgm5qurE5Q  ?

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