[GWSG] UK's new trees; closed cod fishery; coal CCS pointless; After Geoengineering; US renewables, 2019

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat Jan 11 07:59:02 EST 2020

1. England’s National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity. It will plant 20 million trees this decade to draw down carbon. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/09/national-trust-plant-20-million-trees-uk-net-zero-emissions

2. The federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closed for the year and probably should have closed last year. Warming waters have reduced cod stocks to the point that rebound is not assured. https://www.npr.org/2019/12/08/785634169/alaska-cod-fishery-closes-and-industry-braces-for-ripple-effect

3. Stanford’s Mark Jacobson analyzes the costs and efficiency of capturing and using carbon from a coal plant and directly from the air. He concludes that we would be better off to spend the money replacing fossil fuels with renewables. https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/study-questions-benefits-of-spending-on-carbon-capture/4010987.article

4. Holly Buck’s new book After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration delivers an admirably clear and deep review of the projects underway and proposed to salvage and even restore a livable earth. Her topics include mineralization, bioenergy, forestation, soil restoration, and the standard geoengineering suggestions, as well as the prospect of entrepreneurial carbon removal. What would the earth, and life on it, be like after our tinkering? The introduction seems coldly ideological, like an ugly dog on the front porch, but by the time you are through with the book the dog has gained a lively personality. I found the book both learned and encouraging. NPR’s Science Friday offers a 17-minute interview with Buck, now a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA. Thanks to Mary Emerson-Smith for the link. https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/geoengineering-climate-change/

5. When the figures are in for 2019, the US probably will be seen to have added more power generation capacity by renewables than by methane. New wind power led renewables. As the year progressed, renewables became more dominant.  https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/09/us-electricity-solar-up-15-wind-up-9/?utm_source=CleanTechnica+News&utm_campaign=7328958f6e-Daily+Email+CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b9b83ee7eb-7328958f6e-331994013

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