[GWSG] NJ's new targets; Scott sued; US suits & felons; propagandist backing C tax; regional opinions; NOVA on climate; aridity moving east

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Apr 16 14:41:20 EDT 2018

1. New Jersey has joined states such as California and New York with renewable energy goals of 35% renewable by 2025 and 50% by 2030. Some criticize the initiative as a cover for subsidizing NJ's three nuclear plants.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/nyregion/new-jersey-renewable-energy.html

2. Eight young Florida residents, supported by Our Children's Trust, have sued to force FL governor Rick Scott and other associated defendants to plan for action on climate change. https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/04/16/youth-climate-lawsuit-florida-rick-scott/

3. An overview of climate action lawsuits in the US finds oil companies and the government at fault, along with consumers. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/apr/16/the-courts-are-deciding-whos-to-blame-for-climate-change

4. A former climate propagandist for the Cato Institute is now working to convince conservatives that we need a carbon tax. He outlines his strategy.  Thanks to Tom Larson for the link. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610719/how-the-science-of-persuasion-could-change-the-politics-of-climate-change/

5. The statement "97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused global warming is happening" increased acceptance of the consensus position by an average of 16%. The strength of the effect varied with region, as relatively more people in fossil fuel-producing areas were persuaded to change their position. https://mailchi.mp/yale/facts-help-neutralize-partisan-reasoning-on-climate-change-2621417?e=4dee1d8b35

6. NOVA is planning a two-hour special on climate science, Decoding the Weather Machine. https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2018041651693/nova-uncovers-climate-change-in-decoding-the-weather-machine.html#axzz5CpuwC6Rg

7. The American West from the Rockies to about the 100th meridian is arid. That boundary has moved 140 miles to the east so far. https://climatenewsnetwork.net/24113-2/ ?

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