[GWSG] FL solar; 4 min. explanation; 2 hour version; slr study; Gore's warning; electric busses

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Apr 30 08:18:27 EDT 2018

1. By jiggering its leasing agreement, Sunrun has sidestepped Florida's ban on third-party solar power agreements. Other suppliers are expected to imitate their success, making rooftop solar available in the state to those unable to pay for the instalations up front. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-solar-scored-a-game-changing-victory-in-florida#gs.eyhwcGM

2. Wallace Broecker, discoverer of the global oceanic conveyor belt, takes three minutes to explain our climate situation to his granddaughter. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/04/27/wally-broeker-father-of-global-warming-in-a-warning-to-his-granddaughter/

3. If you have a bit more time, NOVA's two-hour show Decoding the Weather Machine is hands down the best visual introduction to climate science I have ever seen. (I may have missed a contender or two, but never wittingly.) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/decoding-weather-machine.html

David Koch is one of the funders of NOVA. I can only guess that he had no idea what he was buying with this show, and that NOVA decided that they could ignore the subject no longer. The only whiff of baleful influence is in the discussion of carbon capture and sequestration toward the end. The show does not mention the failed pilot projects and the great cost of CCS, or the danger to near certainty of leakage of CO2 from storage. I would also add to possibilities of drawing down carbon a discussion of carbon sequestration through biochar, rock weathering, and kelp farming.

4. True, too, NOVA will need to do a second edition soon when NOAA and other authorities begin to revise their sea level rise estimates to include the recent findings on polar ice sheet instability. Our basic info sources and much of our planning will need revisiting then. But it may take a while. An international five-year collaboration on the instability of the Thwaites glacier has just launched. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/30/20m-study-to-investigate-collapse-risk-of-major-antarctic-glacier

More detail on the study: https://mailchi.mp/climatenewsnetwork/uk-and-us-scientists-tackle-antarctic-glacier?e=ea792e87f2

5. Al Gore warns that "In order to solve the climate crisis we've got to fix the democracy crisis." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/27/al-gore-climate-change-impact-black-poor-people-more

6. Electric busses are now cost competitive.  Washington, D.C., has just added fourteen. New York City is embarked on a conversion program. In China, several cities have already converted. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/29/no-need-to-wait-electric-buses-are-cost-competitive-transit-buses-today/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 ?

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