[GWSG] 100+1 cities; F battery again; Pilkey interview; fossil reactionaries; $32tn speaks; 10 GW for the Sahel; wetlands important

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Dec 10 09:49:48 EST 2018

1. Cincinnati is the 100th US city to commit to 100% renewable energy. The city’s target date is 2035. https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2018/12/06/the-100-renewable-energy-movement-is-unstoppable/

The 100% renewable energy movement is unstoppable – pv magazine USA<https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2018/12/06/the-100-renewable-energy-movement-is-unstoppable/>
Cincinnati has become the 100th U.S. city to set a goal to move to 100% renewable energy. This sets the stage for the debate to shift to what resources we will use to decarbonize, and how quickly we will move.

And Dunedin FL is the 101st. Mary Ann Kidd sends the story.  https://www.dunedingov.com/Home/Components/News/News/4707/38?backlist=%2f%3ffbclid%3dIwAR2nSSGaJ_YiWudrnt6Z_zrHNiW-ttd0BM9elrjF4PWCG-2fd27gWeYlRCo

2. The fluoride battery developed by Honda, NASA, and Caltech, mentioned in the last newslist, is still not ready for commercialization, and may never be. If it works out, the enormously extended ranges of electric vehicles would mean a much easier job of providing an adequate system of charging stations. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/08/honda-nasa-caltech-claim-fluoride-battery-breakthrough/

Honda, NASA, & Caltech Claim Fluoride Battery Breakthrough<https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/08/honda-nasa-caltech-claim-fluoride-battery-breakthrough/>
Researchers at Honda, NASA, and Caltech say they have created a prototype of a fluoride battery that could have 10 times the energy density of a lithium-ion battery. There are just a few minor ...

3. In an interview coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey describes carrying the word on sea level rise to beach residents. Ed Brock sends the article. https://e360.yale.edu/features/coastal-warning-an-unwelcome-messenger-on-risks-of-rising-seas
Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas - Yale E360<https://e360.yale.edu/features/coastal-warning-an-unwelcome-messenger-on-risks-of-rising-seas>
For six decades, Orrin Pilkey has written, taught, and preached about the beauty of barrier islands and the extraordinary risk of building in coastal floodplains. In more than 40 books, 250 scientific papers and journal articles, and countless opinion pieces, Pilkey has fashioned a vision of coasts ...

4. The US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait have colluded to block adoption of the IPCC report on the impacts of 1.5C of warming. At issue is the plan to end the use of fossil fuels by 2050.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/climate-talks-pause-as-battle-over-key-science-report-looms/2018/12/09/f61597c2-fbd1-11e8-a17e-162b712e8fc2_story.html?utm_term=.1c90bc4d0022

Climate talks pause as battle over key science report looms - The Washington Post<https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/climate-talks-pause-as-battle-over-key-science-report-looms/2018/12/09/f61597c2-fbd1-11e8-a17e-162b712e8fc2_story.html?utm_term=.1c90bc4d0022>
Renewable and fossil-fuel energy is produced when wind generators are seen in front of a coal fired power plant near Jackerath, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

5. Global investors with $32tn under management have petitioned the delegates at Katowice to end the use of coal and enact urgent cuts in carbon emissions or risk a permanent financial catastrophe. “Standard and Poor’s rating agency also warned leaders: ‘Climate change has already started to alter the functioning of our world.’” The investors called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Action now would have a marked positive effect on world economies. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/10/tackle-climate-or-face-financial-crash-say-worlds-biggest-investors

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/10/tackle-climate-or-face-financial-crash-say-worlds-biggest-investors>
UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions

6. The Desert to Power initiative will develop 10 GW of solar power for 250 million people in the Sahel with support from the Green Climate Fund established by the Paris Agreement. http://www.pmldaily.com/business/investment/2018/12/huge-desert-solar-initiative-to-make-africa-a-renewables-power-house.html

Huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house – PML Daily<http://www.pmldaily.com/business/investment/2018/12/huge-desert-solar-initiative-to-make-africa-a-renewables-power-house.html>
The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week.

7. Globally, wetlands sequester ten times more carbon than the average land. When they are compromised they have more carbon to release. Wetland restoration and preservation, and the nurturing of emerging wetlands as coastal area submerge, must be a central part of climate planning. https://phys.org/news/2018-11-wetland-experts-role-vital-carbon.html

Wetland experts explain role of vital carbon sinks carbon cycle in new report - phys.org<https://phys.org/news/2018-11-wetland-experts-role-vital-carbon.html>
Rodney Chimner is a professor in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Credit: Michigan Tech Maintaining existing wetlands, restoring damaged wetlands, and ...

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