Update for May 2018

Top story

Wind and solar are cheap, popular, and ready to power our homes, cars, and businesses. 

 

Let’s pick up the pace of transforming our national energy economy to clean, safe energy made in the USA.

 

Cheap -

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gauravsharma/2018/04/24/production-cost-of-renewable-energy-now-lower-than-fossil-fuels/

 

Popular – supported by everyone, e.g. among registered Republicans,

 

·      81% support renewable energy on public land

·      77% support tax rebate for solar and energy efficient vehicles

·      69% support regulating CO2 as a pollutant

 

http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/politics-global-warming-march-2018/

 

Ready -

https://newatlas.com/study-100-percent-renewables-can-meet-energy-demand/54674/

 

Necessary and urgent – (see country list at the end of this report)

http://floodlist.com/news

 

 

Impacts on communities

Here’s the personal story of a climate refugee from Puerto Rico.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/hurricane-maria-made-me-a-climate-change-refugee

 

More than 4,600 Puerto Ricans have died from lack of recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1803972

 

Ellicott City, MD devastated by flooding for the second time in 2 years.

http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flood-ellicott-city-maryland-may-2018

 

Premature births are prevented by shutting down oil and coal plants.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22052018/air-pollution-coal-power-plants-oil-health-risks-premature-births-california

 

The Rio Grande river is drying up

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/24/climate/dry-rio-grande.html

 

U.N. warns Afghanistan at risk of severe drought and food shortages.

https://www.axios.com/afghanistan-united-nations-drought-food-shortages-abf9626c-0765-4227-8c13-ab8fa0b96d0b.html

 

 

Public opinion

The Sierra Club released a video about how the clean energy revolution is improving people’s lives.

https://www.sierraclub.org/reinventing-power

 

 

Public policy

Trump administration refuses to consider that 97% of climate scientists could be right.

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/may/29/trump-administration-refuses-to-consider-that-97-of-climate-scientists-could-be-right

 

The Sierra Club explored the issue of who should pay for climate-change-related disasters.

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-3-may-june/feature/the-case-for-climate-reparations

 

 

Climate records and trends

Temperatures in Pakistan were almost 20 degrees F above normal for the month of March.

https://mercury.postlight.com/amp?url=http://news.trust.org/item/20180531105811-yf0zn

 

 

Scientific research

Antarctic ice is melting from below.

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/may/09/global-warming-is-melting-antarctic-ice-from-below

 

 

Business perspective

More than 10 million people are employed in clean energy industries.

http://irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2018/May/Renewable-Energy-Jobs-Reach-10-Million-Worldwide-in-2017

 

 

What other countries are doing

In Australia, Tesla batteries are reducing grid service costs by 90%.

https://electrek.co/2018/05/11/tesla-giant-battery-australia-reduced-grid-service-cost/

 

Costa Rica announced its goal of becoming the world’s first de-carbonized country.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/costa-rica-fossil-fuels-ban-president-carlos-alvarado-climate-change-global-warming-a8344541.html

 

 

Clean Energy Progress

Massachusetts and Rhode Island move into lead for offshore wind.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/amp/article/massachusetts-and-rhode-island-contract-for-1200-megawatts-of-offshore-wind

 

Steel production is possible without CO2 emissions.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/interview/hybrit-ceo-our-pilot-steel-plant-will-only-emit-water-vapour/

 

Aluminum production is possible with much lower CO2 emissions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/14/this-could-be-the-biggest-advance-in-aluminum-production-in-130-years

 

 

Examples of climate disruption

 

Reference for tracking impacts: http://www.climatesignals.org

 

Reference for tracking flooding: http://floodlist.com/news

 

Crazy weather in India attributed to climate change.

https://qz.com/1271386/deadly-dust-storms-and-thundershowers-what-is-going-on-with-indias-weather/

 

Countries with flooding from extreme rainfall last month:

·      Argentina

·      Australia

·      Belgium

·      Burundi

·      Canada

·      China

·      Colombia

·      Dominican Republic

·      Ecuador

·      France

·      Germany

·      Guatemala

·      Haiti

·      India

·      Iran

·      Iraq

·      Italy

·      Jamaica

·      Kenya

·      Luxembourg

·      Netherlands

·      Oman

·      Rwanda

·      Somalia

·      Sri Lanka

·      Turkey

·      Uganda

·      UK

·      USA

·      Yemen