[GWSG] Norwegian EVs; storm warning; book rec; combined protest at Knesset; GOP discovers climate, hustles; better solar ROI

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon May 27 07:45:59 EDT 2019

1. Norway is ahead in electric car adoption, thanks to some crucial incentives. Now they have to catch up to the market with charging stations. Thanks to Brian Paradise for the item. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48400271
'I drive in the bus lane' - BBC News<https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48400271>
"I drive in the bus lane because I have an electric car. It saves me 30 minutes on every journey to work." Dagfinn Hiehe was smiling ear-to-ear as he told me his favourite thing about having an ...

2. The US East Coast is partly protected from more powerful hurricanes by a pattern of wind shear. That should change by about 2040, and we can expect stronger hurricanes. https://phys.org/news/2019-05-climate-barrier-east-coast-hurricanes.html
Climate change is destroying a barrier that protects the U.S. East Coast from hurricanes - phys.org<https://phys.org/news/2019-05-climate-barrier-east-coast-hurricanes.html>
A new study suggests that climate change could soon eliminate an atmospheric barrier that protects much of the U.S. East Coast from powerful hurricanes. Severe hurricanes can cost up to hundreds ...

3. A summer reading suggestion: The Invention of Nature—Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf (Vintage, 2015). Humboldt was the most famous scientist of the late 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. The notion of an ecosystem, and of the results of its disruption by careless humans, is only part of his legacy, which includes climate science. He deeply influenced and inspired people as diverse as Darwin, Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and John Muir. In engaging and direct prose, Wulf spares no effort in pursuing the ways in which Humboldt’s world has become ours. Thanks to Dale Clifford for suggesting the book to me.

4. Over 500 students struck for climate action and demonstrated at the Knesset last week in Jerusalem. Some were Arab Palestinians, and some were Jewish Israelis. “We feel that in order to defeat something much bigger than us, we must put the unfortunate hatred aside and focus on what actually matters the most: saving the world from an ongoing climate breakdown.” https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/05/24/bigger-palestinian-israeli-teens-strike-together-climate/
'This is bigger': Palestinian and Israeli teens strike together for the climate<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/05/24/bigger-palestinian-israeli-teens-strike-together-climate/>
At a climate march in Jerusalem, students put hatred aside to tell the government that nothing matters more than a safe climate

5. In 2002, Frank Luntz recommended that the Republican party begin to lie about the climate crisis and adopt the position that the science was unsettled, among other stratagems. Now, “By a margin of more than 8 to 1, American voters are more worried about climate than they were just one year ago.” The Republican posture is becoming more uncomfortable to maintain. Some Republicans are moving toward a carbon tax and dividend program. They would like to disable the Clean Power Plan along the way and to protect the fossil fuel industry from liability claims. These proposals invite a perception of bad faith. The C tax itself may be too slow at this point to deal with a crisis that requires us to begin reducing net emissions in the next couple of years.  https://climatecrocks.com/2019/05/26/top-gop-pollster-climate-concerns-rising-among-republicans/
Top GOP Pollster: Climate Concerns Rising Among Republicans<https://climatecrocks.com/2019/05/26/top-gop-pollster-climate-concerns-rising-among-republicans/>
New poll showing increased support for climate action, especially an increase among young Republicans. It’s from Frank Luntz, famous for many a Fox News focus group, as well as the infamous &…

6. When you combine rooftop solar with battery storage and an electric vehicle, you use more of the energy you produce (instead of selling it back to the utility at low rates) and cut your payback period dramatically. https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/electric-vehicles-batteries-to-help-slash-rooftop-solar-payback/?utm_source=The+Driven+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dc11718e15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_26_11_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_313f002bba-dc11718e15-&utm_source=RE+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=642bb7e538-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_26_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a1943223-642bb7e538-40325881
How electric vehicles can help to slash rooftop solar payback | One Step Off The Grid<https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/electric-vehicles-batteries-to-help-slash-rooftop-solar-payback/?utm_source=The+Driven+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dc11718e15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_26_11_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_313f002bba-dc11718e15-&utm_source=RE+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=642bb7e538-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_26_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a1943223-642bb7e538-40325881>
The modelling shows that in Britain – where it currently takes an astounding 19 years to pay off rooftop solar – the payback for a “typical” 4kW rooftop PV system when combined with an 8kWh battery and a small 35kWh EV could be slashed to four years by 2025, and one year in 2030.

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