[GWSG] Crab battery; cost of C up; tree report; hiding from the climate; paths to 0 C; Thwaites unsteady; State of the Climate

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Sep 5 12:37:56 EDT 2022

1. Zinc and crushed crab shells go to making a promising utility-scale battery. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-future-of-renewable-energy-may-be-this-battery-made-from-crab-shells

2. A new calculation of the social cost of carbon more than triples the estimate the US government has been using. (Isn’t a livable world of absolute value, beyond price? But if in someone’s stunted value system they are putting a price on it anyway, higher is better.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/09/01/costs-climate-change-far-surpass-government-estimates-study-says/

3. An international group last year in the State of the World’s Trees report warned that about a third of the world’s tree species were at risk of extinction. This year’s report details what is at stake, which is essentially our environmental integrity. Solutions include cutting beef consumption and ensuring that our forest goods are sourced sustainably.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/02/tree-extinctions-species-wildlife-ecosystems-scientists-aoe

4. The consequences of the climate crisis are becoming ever more intensely disruptive. You may have had some survivalist fantasies, or at least thought about what part of the country might be less traumatized now and in years to come than wherever you are living. If you are a billionaire, you may have already bought yourself a well-appointed bunker, and are ready to hire Douglas Rushkoff, author of Survival of the Richest, to answer your question: What now? Especially: How will you protect yourself against the people you have hired to protect you from the rest of us? https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/sep/04/super-rich-prepper-bunkers-apocalypse-survival-richest-rushkoff

5. How do we get to 100% carbon-free energy in the US by 2035? And provide triple the power we used in 2020? (All those electric cars. . .) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has identified the factors and produced a set of pathways. All of them (there are over 100) save more in climate and health benefits than they cost.  https://cleantechnica.com/2022/09/03/nrel-study-identifies-opportunities-challenges-of-achieving-the-u-s-transformational-goal-of-100-clean-electricity-by-2035/

6. A new mapping of the seafloor at the margin of the Thwaites Glacier in the West Antarctic shows that in the past it has been subject to rapid destabilization, hinting that it could be again soon. "Just a small kick to Thwaites could lead to a big response." https://phys.org/news/2022-09-seafloor-images-west-antarctic-ice.html

7. The yearly international report State of the Climate is published this year as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Essentially, the climate crisis continues to develop much as it has been. The 531 authors from 66 countries provide abundant material for analysis. Global Mean Sea Level is charted on s169 and indicates a steady pattern of acceleration. The section on the AMOC concludes that “ it is not yet possible to conclude that the AMOC is changing in response to climate change.” (s178)   https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/

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