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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about the doubling rates of sea-level rise, sunny-day flooding, an update from the IPCC, how $3.46 billion will be spent on climate mitigation in the U.S., and more!
Brown Pelicans at Sunset. Photo: RJ Wiley
A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.
From the New York Times

“Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, though there is still a short window to prevent the most harrowing future, a major new United Nations scientific report has concluded. Humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the 19th century... This summer alone, blistering heat waves have killed hundreds of people in the United States and Canada, floods have devastated Germany and China, and wildfires have raged out of control in Siberia, Turkey and Greece.”
Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change
From FEMA.gov

“President Biden today approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
Employment in the Energy Sector Will Dramatically Expand as Economies Decarbonize
From Anthropocene Magazine

“About 18 million people currently work in the energy industry worldwide, a number that with robust climate action could increase to 26 million by 2050, according to new calculations... Sure, it’s true that weaning the energy system off fossil fuels will result in fewer fossil fuel jobs. But in most regions of the world, new renewable energy jobs will more than make up for these losses, researchers report in the journal One Earth.”
Sea-level Rise Rates More Than Double Along Part of U.S. East Coast
From Yale Climate Connections

“Sea levels are creeping up along the Atlantic coast – from rocky New England shores to sandy Southeastern beaches. And as the climate warms, they’re rising at an increasingly fast pace. Jennifer Walker of Rutgers University recently studied the rate and causes of sea-level rise at six sites between Connecticut and North Carolina… At the six sites she studied, Walker found that melting glacial ice and warming oceans are now the biggest drivers.”
Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance
From Wired

“DURING THE SUMMER of 2017, the tide rose to historic heights again and again in Honolulu, higher than at any time in the 112 years that records had been kept… The study, published this June in Nature Climate Change, found that higher and more frequent tides will reach an inflection point in the 2030s… Thompson notes that high-tide flooding is subtle, damaging a community with a thousand cuts―or, in this case, dozens of days a year when arriving at work or shopping for groceries becomes a hassle or even impossible.”
We're Studying Everything but Human Behavior to Combat Climate Change
From The Hill

“Amy Impson is a behavioral scientist with 24 years’ experience helping hundreds of people change their behavior. She lives in Louisiana, where unprecedented rainfall and rising sea levels have repeatedly harmed her state. She is one of thousands of skilled behavioral practitioners who could be put to work helping every community mobilize to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sadly, there is no funding to support such large-scale but vital efforts.”
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