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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about a new battery that could slow climate change, the link between climate change and forest fires, the decreasing cost of owning an electric vehicle, a visualization tool for forest carbon, and more!
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Researchers Identify Battery Alternative to Slow Climate Change
From WSKG NY

“The U.S. has a wave of hydro, solar wind energy projects in the works. To harness renewable energy, developers will need better battery storage. But the parts needed are expensive and hard to find. The author of a study at Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island might have found a cheaper alternative that’s also safe for the environment.”
FPL’s ‘Community Solar’ Program Reaches its Subscription Limit
From PV Magazine

“Florida Power and Light (FPL) said that residential subscriptions to its SolarTogether community solar program have sold out, with more than 48,000 confirmed subscribers and another 2,000 waiting for future capacity. The news extends to nearly full subscriptions across all of the program’s customer segments: residential, low-income, commercial, industrial, and government.”
Getting to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 is Ambitious, Necessary, & Achievable.
From National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

“We all know that our forests are a natural climate solution. But not all forests are the same. How can we maximize our forests' ability to mitigate the effects of climate change? Let's take a look at the data.” (online visualization tool)
The Climate Change Link to More and Bigger Wildfires
From NPR

“Across the country people have been experiencing hazy skies from big wildfires in Western states. More than 3 million acres have already burned, and fire experts say this is just the beginning. A historic drought and heatwave have primed forests to burn big this year, just like they did last year. A conservative estimate from the U.S. Forest Service said by 2015, fire season had gotten about two-and-a-half months longer than it was in the 1970s.”
Electric Vehicles Cost More to Buy, But Less to Own
From Axios

“Maintenance costs for a battery-electric vehicle are 6.1 cents per mile, compared to 10.1 cents per mile for a conventional car with an internal combustion engine, according to research from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. That's because an EV doesn't have things like spark plugs, an oil filter or a timing belt — and all the maintenance costs associated with them. EVs have fewer moving parts overall, so there's less to break down.”
Increasing Clean Energy and Resilience for All Tampanians Benefits Our Business Ecosystem | Column
From Tampa Bay Times

“Our community is looking ahead by prioritizing investments presented by the clean-energy economy. By making resiliency a top priority, Florida’s business networks can ensure that the state’s business environment remains strong well into the future. As we make these investments, we must also uphold the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring that improvements — from weatherization and improving home insulation to EV-charging stations and the redevelopment of brownfields — benefit everyone in our local communities, especially the historically underserved.”  
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