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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about a new “Green Power Partner” in Florida, FEMA money for resilience, why Dixie is the new “Tornado Alley,” and more!
Great Egrets at Guana River. Photo: Chris Farrell
More People Are Looking for Hybrid or Electric Cars — But There Aren't Many Options
From NPR

“With gasoline prices now topping more than $4 a gallon, many drivers are looking for vehicles that will go further on a gallon of gas or vehicles that don't use gasoline at all. That is a shift from a year ago, when gas-gobbling pickup trucks and SUVs accounted for more than three-quarters of all vehicles sold. Shoppers looking for more fuel efficiency might not find much to choose from, though, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports.”
EPA Names FSU a ‘Green Power Partner’
From Florida State University News

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated Florida State University a member of its “Green Power Partnership,” in acknowledgment of the university’s commitment to using clean energy.  According to the EPA, significant green power use “demonstrates leadership, drives demand, and increases market impact.”… FSU is using 40 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, about 29 percent of its electricity use... The university’s green power comes via a partnership with the City of Tallahassee’s solar program.”
Clean Energy Award Presented to Florida Tech’s Folliard Alumni Center
From the City of Melbourne

“The Florida Tech Folliard Alumni Center was recognized by the City of Melbourne Beautification and Energy Efficiency Board (BEEB) with its second Clean Energy Award during the March 22 City Council meeting. The BEEB created the award to encourage and publicly celebrate those in the Melbourne community who adopt efficient, sustainable and resilient technologies.”
FEMA is Giving Homeowners Money to Prepare for Floods — or Move Away
From Coastal News Today

“On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA, announced a new pot of funding for victims of flooding in four states that got pummeled when Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast last August and moved inland up through the Northeast in remnants. Starting April 1, the agency will open up $60 million in flood assistance grants to Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with $40 million of that money earmarked for Louisiana — a state that’s home to six of the 20 most at-risk counties in the country for flooding.”
Tornadoes, Climate Change and Why Dixie is the New Tornado Alley
From The Conversation

“Tornadoes tore up homes in New Orleans and its suburbs and were reported in communities from Texas to Mississippi and Alabama as severe storms swept across the South in late March 2022. We asked tornado scientist Ernest Agee to explain what causes tornadoes and how the center of U.S. tornado activity has shifted eastward from the traditional Tornado Alley in recent years.”
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