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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about the value of mangrove forests, a new super battery that can withstand extreme temperatures, an important action you can take to combat climate change, and more!
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New Super Battery for Electric Vehicles Can Withstand Extreme Temperatures: Scientists
From Newsweek

“A new type of battery for electric vehicles can survive longer in extreme hot and cold temperatures, according to a new study. Scientists say the batteries would allow EVs to travel further on a single charge in cold temperatures - and they would be less prone to overheating in hot climates. This would result in less frequent charging for EV drivers as well as give the batteries a longer life.”
Bill Nye Says the Main Thing You Can Do About Climate Change Isn’t Recycling—it’s Voting

 “The best way to save the planet isn’t necessarily recycling – it’s stepping into a voting booth. That’s according to celebrity science educator Bill Nye, television’s ‘The Science Guy,’ who spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, last week. ‘To be sure, recycling the bottles, don’t throw the plastic away [and] compost your compostable things ... Start there,’ Nye said. ‘[But] if you want to do one thing about climate change: Vote… Nye spoke just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a new landmark ruling that limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. President Biden called the ruling, which is expected to make it more difficult for the U.S. to cut its carbon emissions, a ‘devastating decision.’”
In Light of EPA Court Ruling, New Focus on States’ Power
From the Miami Herald

“The U.S. Supreme Court limited the power of the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. But its ruling didn't touch the power of the states. That's putting a renewed focus on efforts across the country to limit the reliance on power plants that spew planet-warming emissions into the air. While Democratic states have taken the lead on the most aggressive climate policy in recent years, some Republican-led states are also helping shift the U.S. power grid toward cleaner sources of energy.”
Climate Change: 'Sand battery' Could Solve Green Energy's Big Problem
From BBC

“Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time. The developers say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy. Using low-grade sand, the device is charged up with heat made from cheap electricity from solar or wind. The sand stores the heat at around 500C, which can then warm homes in winter when energy is more expensive.”
Climate Change Complicates a Precarious Relationship Between Birds and Farmers
From Yale Climate Connections

“In the northeastern United States, most natural grasslands have been developed or converted to farmland. So grassland songbirds like bobolinks and Savannah sparrows nest and care for their chicks in farm fields, in the path of mowers and equipment…Perlut has been studying how the timing of hay harvests affects grassland songbirds. And he’s partnered with farmers to develop ways to time their mowing to protect birds. It’s a complex issue — and it’s becoming even more so as the climate warms. Perlut’s research finds that over an 18-year period farmers in the region have started harvesting hay about 10 days earlier. But the birds have not changed when they nest.”
Black Communities in the US Will Be Hardest Hit by Floods Caused by Climate Change, Say Scientists
From World Economic Forum

“Black communities in the United States will see the flood risk in their neighbourhoods climb at least 20% over the next 30 years, experts are predicting. Scientists in the UK and US issued the warning after modelling new flood risk maps that detail the impact of flooding on a street-by-street basis across the US. ‘They cover floods of many different sizes, from nuisance flooding that may occur every few years to once-in-a-millennium disasters,’ the scientists explain in an article for The Conversation. Led by the University of Bristol in the UK, the study, published in the journal Nature, looks at how flooding will impact different communities unequally.”
How Much is a Mangrove Forest Worth?
From Anthropocene Magazine

The economic benefits from the natural world have been a growing source of study, given the pressures to win scarce dollars and show that the benefits outweigh the costs. These “ecosystem services” can range from water-cleaning by wetlands to cooling from urban trees. Doing this takes a lot more than adding up a few numbers. In the case of coral reefs and mangroves, Beck and his fellow scientists relied on years of work by themselves and others evaluating how much coral reefs and mangroves reduce flooding.
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