[GWSG] US renewables' share; SLR interview; lakes shrinking; they should pay; wildfires degrade health; explaining El Niños

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat May 20 08:30:38 EDT 2023

1. Renewables supplied 65% of new US utility-scale generating capacity in the first quarter of this year, not counting rooftop solar. Renewables are now at 28% of US generating capacity. https://electrek.co/2023/05/15/renewables-us-utility-scale-generating-capacity-q1-2023/

2. The Environmental Law Institute has an 36-minute interview, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Resilience, with two lawyers expert in the problems of our Eastern coastal cities faced with inundation by sea level rise by midcentury. Both have recent books on the topic, Susan Crawford centering on Charleston, SC, and Robert Verchick on New Orleans. https://www.eli.org/podcasts

3. Half of the world’s lakes are shrinking due to growing heat and human use. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/19/more-than-half-of-the-worlds-lakes-have-shrunk-in-past-30-years-study-finds

4. It is established that nations responsible for emissions should pay damages to nations which have emitted less . A new study estimates the costs which should be assessed fossil fuel corporations.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/19/fossil-fuel-firms-owe-climate-reparations-of-209bn-a-year-says-study

5. Australians, particularly children, are suffering from the effects of wildfires. The story addresses a growing public health problem worldwide. Bloomberg lifted the paywall for this one. https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2023-australia-wildfire-toxic-legacy/

6. Ryan Hall does a great job of explaining El Niños in an eight-minute video. https://climatecrocks.com/2023/05/19/ryan-hall-has-a-great-el-nino-explainer/

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