[GWSG] Projected US relocation; opinion map; trees for C; kelp for more C; central bank planning; Microsoft goes for negative C

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sun Jan 26 07:36:22 EST 2020

1. The U of S Ca has used an artificial intelligence program to predict where people would relocate with 1.8 meters of sea level rise. The effects will not be limited to areas adjacent to the coast. https://phys.org/news/2020-01-sea-reshape-states-trigger-migration.html

2. Yale Climate Change Communication has published an interactive representation of climate opinion by states, counties, or congressional districts. https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/factsheets/

3. Even Trump has joined the campaign to plant trees to sequester carbon. This WA Post story looks at some of the programs, and at the challenges. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/climate-solutions/trillion-tree-reforestation-climate-change-philippines/

4. The preceding story says “Trees are the most efficient carbon-capture machines on the planet.” That would be kelp. https://oceana.org/blog/seaweed-could-be-scrubbing-way-more-carbon-atmosphere-we-expected

5. Central banks are vulnerable to economic dislocation from the climate crisis. A report from their umbrella organization, the Bank for International Settlements, suggests some actions to cope.  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/business/climate-change-central-banks.html?searchResultPosition=3

6.  Microsoft had pledged to remove enough carbon from the atmosphere by 2050 to account for all its emissions since it was founded in 1975. By 2030 it intends to cut its emissions by more than half and to remove as much carbon as it emits. It is committing $1bn in the next four years to developing carbon removal technology.  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/16/microsoft-carbon-emissions-negative-2030

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