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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about new electric vehicle charging stations for Florida, how clean energy can save lives, a $1 billion pledge to protect Florida from effects of climate change, and more!
White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. Photo: Donald Wuori/Audubon Photography Awards
Florida to Receive $198 Million to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Thanks to Infrastructure Bill
From WCTV Tallahassee

“The state of Florida is set to receive $198 million to expand electric vehicle charging stations across the state. The initiative is included in President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, signed on Monday. In Tallahassee, several charging stations have already been installed and some drivers say they’re starting to notice longer lines to charge up. The city’s first station is at the Cascades parking garage, but its just one piece of a larger effort to increase charging station infrastructure.”
Clean Energy Could Save American Lives to Tune of $700 Billion per Year
From Yale Climate Connections

“The case for climate solutions has long been hindered because of the decades it will take for investments made today to yield benefits in the form of less extreme weather impacts. Carbon dioxide pollution remains in the atmosphere for upwards of a millennium, and so efforts to curb carbon emissions will only slowly bend the global warming curve... But as a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) concludes, curbing climate change does yield immediate benefits in the form of cleaner air resulting in healthier and longer lives.”
Disinformation is Stifling Conversation About Climate Change, New Research Says — These 4 Tips Can Help

“When you’re talking about climate change, facts alone may not be enough to make a compelling argument… [Arunima] Krishna studies the spread of climate science disinformation, among other topics — and after conducting a recent survey, she found that 40% of respondents were ‘disinformation receptive,’ meaning they’d already accepted some type of falsehood about climate change. What’s more, she says, disinformation might be stifling conversation on the important topic: If you don’t believe in climate change or doubt humans’ role in accelerating it, you’re less likely to want to discuss it, according to Krishna’s survey.”
Gov. DeSantis Pledges $1 Billion to Protect Florida Against Effects of Climate Change
From News4Jax

 “Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced more of his budget priorities for next year including a pledge to dedicate over $1 billion for resiliency efforts in Florida. DeSantis said the money will be available through Resilient Florida, a program put in place by the governor earlier this year that aims to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. The $1 billion price tag is a $550 million increase when compared to this year’s spending, DeSantis said… The Republican governor will present his budget priorities to the Republican-led legislature when the regular session begins next year.”
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