[GWSG] Heated storms; German solar pkg.; 12 states cap exhausts; Ant. map; where to go?; eat chilies; UK 39% renewable

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Dec 20 11:21:34 EST 2019

1. With 2C of heat, hurricanes could triple in strength. https://phys.org/news/2019-12-physics-principle-meteorology-yields-grim.html

2. Over half of the solar rooftop units sold in Germany now come with a battery storage system about the size of a fridge which allows the homeowner to run the home continually on solar power. The systems are not cheap, but they are cheaper than they were, and dropping.  https://climatenewsnetwork.net/sun-shines-on-germanys-solar-sector/

3. Twelve states with a fifth of the US population have released a cap-and-trade plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in transportation about 25% by 2032. The plan, now in a public comment phase, would start in about two years. The largest-emitting states in the plan are Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut.   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/climate/tailpipe-emissions-cap-and-trade.html?utm_campaign=Carbon%20Brief%20Daily%20Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

4. A more accurate map of the land underlying the Antarctic ice sheet has found the deepest land canyon on earth and clarified the potential of the continent for sea level rise. https://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-deepest-canyon-has-been-discovered-underneath-antarctica-s-ice-sheet

5. Yale Climate Connection’s Sara Peach provides some resources and advice for those of us wondering if we need to move elsewhere to avoid climate disruption, and, if so, where that else should be. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/12/where-should-i-move-to-be-safe-from-climate-change/?utm_source=Weekly+News+from+Yale+Climate+Connections&utm_campaign=646aa0b519-Weekly_Digest_of_December_16_20_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e007cd04ee-646aa0b519-59270721

6. An Italian study found that regular eaters of hot chili peppers had remarkably reduced chances of dying from a heart attack (40%) or a stroke (50%), and were 23% less likely to die for any reason. (If you are looking for a good New Year’s resolution—though the authors endorse a simple resolution to eat a more healthy diet.) My slim justification for including this on the list is that we have to eat primarily plant-based foods if we are going to deal with the climate successfully, and including chilies can make that more exciting.  https://www.ecowatch.com/eating-chilies-death-heart-atack-stroke-2641652336.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

7. The UK generated 38.9% of its power from renewables in the third quarter of 2019, more than from methane. 1% of the power came from coal. If nuclear is added to solar and wind, 57.3% of the power was low-carbon. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/renewables-edge-out-gas-in-generating-power-for-first-time-38799160.html?utm_campaign=Carbon%20Brief%20Daily%20Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

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