[GWSG] Bigger storms; high property; thirsty S FL; C bubble; solar beats gas in CA; Pruitt's b.s. called

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Jun 6 07:44:08 EDT 2018

1. Since 1980 the number of hurricanes with winds over 124 mph have doubled and those stronger than 155 mph have tripled. Generally, the number of hurricanes is expected to remain about the same, but the proportion of strong storms will increase and reach further north. The upper limit on storm strength will increase with global temperatures, and the storms will intensify more quickly. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/06/04/could-climate-change-create-more-powerful-hurricanes/

2. Elevation gentrification is becoming an issue in Florida as properties susceptible to flooding drop in value and properties less at risk rise. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/04/as-sea-levels-rise-florida-homes-at-higher-elevations-are-getting-more-expensive

3. People in South Florida are likely to get thirsty before they get wet. The rising saline ground water is compromising the Biscayne Aquifer, primary source of the region's drinking water. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-viewpoint-sea-level-rise-freshwater-supply-20180601-story.html

4. Market forces and technology alone, without new government policies favoring renewable energy, will lead the carbon bubble to burst, leaving fossil fuel interests holding trillions of dollars in stranded assets-unused and unusable fossil fuels in their inventory. The general impact could be lessened if investments in fossil fuels were to diminish before the crisis.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/carbon-bubble-could-spark-global-financial-crisis-study-warns

The Guardian provides an analysis of the likely effects of a burst carbon bubble. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/what-is-the-carbon-bubble-and-what-will-happen-if-it-bursts

5. In May commercial solar power provided 17% of California's power needs, outperforming gas (15%) for the first time. If rooftop solar were included the figure would be as much as 50% larger. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/06/05/solar-renewables-creeping-up-on-gas/

6. Despite Scott Pruitt's strenuous objections, a judge has ordered him to disclose any scientific backing for his statements that CO2 is not a "primary contributor" to global warming, and that there is significant disagreement about the impact of "human activity on the climate." https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/judge-orders-epa-to-disclose-any-science-backing-up-pruitts-climate-claims/ ?

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