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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about the 2022 Hurricane Season, funding for resilient small businesses, capturing carbon with kelp and antacids, a warning about the U.S. electric grid, and more.
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NOAA Predicts Above-normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

“Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.”  
New Study Offers a Glimmer of Hope for Climate Solutions Success
From Yale Climate Connections

 “The vast majority of climate modeling studies treat human behavior as an external, unpredictable factor. They have projected how the climate would change in a variety of possible greenhouse gas emissions pathways, but have not evaluated the likelihood of those pathways... The results of the study provide reason for optimism: The Paris Climate Agreement targets remain within reach in about three-quarters of the 100,000 model simulations run by Moore’s team through the year 2100. While significant uncertainties remain, the study envisions a possible future in which a cascade of social and political and technological feedbacks could lead to an accelerating decline in human greenhouse gas emissions.”
DOE Announces $53 Million for Small Businesses Pursuing Clean Energy and Climate Solutions
From the U.S. Department of Energy

“The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $53 million in funding awards for diverse small businesses to pursue advanced scientific instrumentation and technologies to address climate change. The funding will support 259 projects across 38 states that cover security and resilience, renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture and conversion, and fusion energy, including projects that invest in disadvantaged communities to promote equitable research, development, and deployment of solutions. Developing new clean energy solutions is a key component of achieving President Biden’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. “
Meet the Guy Who Wants to Help Save the Planet with Thousands of Buoys, Seaweed and Giant Antacids
From CNN

“Marty Odlin just wanted to go fishing. As a kid growing up on the Gulf of Maine, he'd jump from boat to boat on Portland docks humming with the kind of energy that once hauled hundreds of thousands of pounds of cod into port each day… Instead of chasing monster mackerel on a boat named Running Tide, Odlin started a company called Running Tide to help solve the problem. At first it was just Odlin and a friend sitting on buckets and noodling engineering ideas on a white board they found by the road. Now they have billionaire investors and a team of engineers, biologists, agronomists, fabricators, software developers, data specialists and boat captains. Together they're trying to hook a kind of monster -- carbon dioxide.”
A 15-year Snapshot of US Diets Reveals a Gradual Shift Away from Beef
From Anthropocene Magazine

“A gradually waning appetite for meat over the past twenty years has pushed the greenhouse gas emissions of US diets down by 35%, finds a surprising and hopeful new study. The country’s emissions still far exceed the suggested national limit to keep global temperatures in line with the Paris Agreement. But the results of the new research suggest that tapping into this emerging sustainable consumption trend could be one promising route to help the US reach its climate targets.”
Energy Experts Sound Alarm About US Electric Grid: 'Not Designed to Withstand the Impacts of Climate Change'
From CNN

“As heat ramps up ahead of what forecasters say will be a hotter than normal summer, electricity experts and officials are warning that states may not have enough power to meet demand in the coming months. And many of the nation's grid operators are also not taking climate change into account in their planning, even as extreme weather becomes more frequent and more severe. All of this suggests that more power outages are on the way, not only this summer but in the coming years as well.”
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