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Friday, April 26, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): On the Reality of #ClimateChange

Please enjoy the following on Climate Change courtesy of the Weather Channel and The Climate Reality Project:

Iowa's solar entrepreneurs are in a political fight for their future as lawmakers consider new fees that could bring the state's young rooftop solar industry to a screeching halt. Small businesses and jobs hang in the balance.
(InsideClimate News)
Cleaning up all of the old and unproductive oil and gas wells in Alberta, Canada, will cost between $40 billion and $70 billion, according to a new report based on data from the Alberta Energy Regulator. About 3,000 wells in the province are slated for remediatation, but more than 100,000 unproductive wells will need to be cleaned up.
The cost of reaching global climate goals is falling as wind and solar energy prices plummet and policy makers push electrification as the main tool to cut pollution, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA lowered its cost estimate for the investments needed by 2050.
Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Republican who previously represented Nebraska in Congress, told a House committee Tuesday that the country must confront the dangers posed by climate change. "Climate change is a real and present threat to our national security, which most likely will get worse," he said. "There needs to be a dedicated effort to address this threat."
(Omaha World-Herald)
The U.S. Department of Energy is recommending the installation of a large natural gas plant in Puerto Rico — a move it admits could run counter to emerging clean energy policies in the U.S. territory, where the governor is expected to sign legislation setting a target of 100% clean energy by 2050.
(Utility Dive)
To meet the international goal of keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial times, today's young people will have to live their lives with significantly smaller carbon footprints than their grandparents, a new analysis of "allowable" lifetime CO2 emissions shows.
(The Guardian)
Big real estate investment companies are pouring resources into calculating climate risk and its likely effect on property portfolios — everything from increasingly extreme weather to sea-level rise — to better gauge and develop mitigation strategies, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute.
Local communities are taking the world's largest polluters to court, and they're using the legal strategy that got tobacco companies to pay up. Luciano Lliuya, who had never left Peru, is suing on RWE, Germany's largest energy utility, for its role in climate damage that has put his house at risk.
(The New York Times)

Dr. Susan Pacheco is a pediatrician and Climate Reality Leader – and she’s made it her life’s work to raise awareness about the impact climate change has on public health, especially the health of children.
Climate change isn’t something that’s happening in 10 or 20 years. It’s happening now. Here are seven effects of climate change you’ve already seen.

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