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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership summit, tracking climate change from space, a social media platform that is taking on climate misinformation, and more!
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Making Tampa Bay More Resilient to Sea Level Rise and Flooding Will Costs Billions, Report Says
From WUSF Public Media

“While making these changes comes with a hefty price tag, there is opportunity for economic growth, leaders say. The Tampa Bay region needs to spend $13.4 billion over the next 25 years to beef up its resiliency as sea level rises, according to a new report. Leaders shared a report on the economic implications of flooding and sea level rise for the area at the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership summit Tuesday. The document recommends communities seek resiliency upgrades… and suggests the region use sea level rise and flooding analysis when making decisions on land use and infrastructure, as well as incentivize building in lower risk areas.”
Tampa Bay Mayors Say Transportation Key to Climate Change Plans
From Tampa Bay Times

“Four Tampa Bay mayors were asked Wednesday to explain how the region should respond to climate change. They all talked about transportation…. The discussion Wednesday on the second day of the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership Summit highlighted how efforts to address climate change in Florida collide with other fundamental, hard-to-conquer issues. The state is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to protect its shores from sea level rise through projects like raising seawalls and upgrading stormwater drains. But scientists say that work is not enough: People need to decrease their use of fossil fuels to reduce global warming.”
This Battery Could Freeze Solar and Wind Energy for Months
From Anthropocene Magazine

“An electrical grid that seamlessly incorporates wind and solar power is going to require a way to store immense amounts of energy for when turbines can’t spin or the sun isn’t out. What’s especially needed is a battery that can store energy for months without losing storage capacity. And now researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created just such a battery. The new freeze-thaw battery locks in energy for months when the active material inside it goes from liquid to solid. Then, when warmed up, it can discharge 90 percent of that stored energy, the researchers report in Cell Reports Physical Science.”
NASA Finds Two New Space-based Ways to Track Climate Change

“We often think of NASA as an agency that looks outward into space, but it’s the agency’s position in space that makes it such a powerful tool for observing the Earth itself. Today NASA announced the results of two space-based studies observing climate change across the planet. The first is a data set from the ​​Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission, a high-resolution lidar instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that has estimated the total amount of above-ground forest biomass and its carbon storage capacity. That information can now be used by researchers studying the role of forests in mitigating climate change.”
Pinterest Bans All Climate Change Misinformation on its Platform

“Pinterest announced today it’s becoming the first major digital platform to introduce a comprehensive misinformation policy designed to combat false and misleading claims around climate change on its platform. According to the company’s newly updated misinformation guidelines, Pinterest will now be able to remove content that denies the existence of impacts of climate change, denies human influence on climate change and denies climate change is backed by scientific consensus, among other things.”
Climate Change is our Greatest Health Challenge – We Must Act to Protect Future Generations
“Why are Australia’s doctors and health researchers pushing so hard for climate change action as we move towards a federal election? Global warming is an unprecedented practical and ethical challenge to the health sector in Australia and around the world which demands urgent action. I strongly believe that climate scientists need to report rising temperatures differently to really demonstrate the impact of the warming planet on all who live on it.”
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