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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about urban trees under threat, why we should take climate change more seriously, how Ford Motor is working to offset job losses, and more.
FAMU campus in Tallahassee. Photo: Pixabay
Ford Says Making its Own Parts for Electric Vehicles Could Offset Job Losses

“Ford Motor is attempting to build as many of its own parts as possible for its electric vehicles to offset an expected 40% reduction in workers needed to build such cars and trucks, CEO Jim Farley said Tuesday. Farley compared Ford’s latest efforts to source its own parts to the early days of the auto industry, when companies including Ford controlled most, if not all, of the components going into a vehicle… In addition to making sense for the business, he said retaining the jobs and workforce is another reason Ford wants to build more parts in-house rather than purchasing them from suppliers.”
Editorial: Hurricanes Ian, Nicole Are Warning for Florida to Take Climate Change Impacts More Seriously
From Palm Beach Post

“Fourteen days and counting — that's the time between now and the end of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. For many Floridians, Wednesday, Nov. 30, can't come soon enough. The question still unanswered is will state leaders do anything differently to address what is becoming a more destructive result of climate change. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature will get their chance next month to address property insurance. A more comprehensive approach to climate change should be added to the agenda.”
USA - One Year into Implementation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Administration Celebrates Major Progress in Building a Better America
From Coastal News Today

“One year into implementation, the Biden-Harris Administration is already following through on its promise to deliver results by rebuilding our roads, bridges, ports, and airports, upgrading public transit and rail systems, replacing lead pipes to provide clean water, cleaning up pollution, providing affordable, high-speed internet to every family in America, delivering cheaper and cleaner energy, and creating good-paying jobs… To date, the Administration has announced over $185 billion in funding and over 6,900 specific projects, reaching over 4,000 communities across all 50 states, D.C., and the territories.”
As Climate Change Progresses, Trees in Cities Struggle
From Miami Herald

“As the driest summer in Seattle’s record books ended, trees across the city were sounding silent alarms. It was the latest in a string of Seattle summers in the last decade, including a record-breaking heat dome in 2021, to feature drier conditions and hotter temperatures that have left many trees with premature brown leaves and needles, bald branches and excessive seeding –- all signs of stress… Cities worldwide have promised to plant more carbon-absorbing trees to help fight climate change. Research has shown the shade of mature trees also helps reduce unhealthful ‘heat islands,’ especially in poor neighborhoods… Researchers from France and Australia analyzed the impact of hotter temperatures and less rain on more than 3,100 tree and shrub species in 164 cities across 78 countries. They found about half the trees already were experiencing climate conditions beyond their limits. They also concluded that by 2050 nearly all tree species planted in Australian cities will not be able to survive in urban areas.”
Get Through a Blackout Safely and Comfortably With These 11 Steps

"Last year, the average American spent a little over seven hours without power. Washington, DC had the lowest average -- electricity customers experienced an average of 52 minutes of outages -- while the average for Louisiana customers was over 80 hours. Most of those power outages came from "major events" like hurricanes, wildfires or storms, including the 2021 Texas winter storm that knocked out power for millions. Regardless of the reason, it pays to be prepared for a power outage. Taking a few reasonable steps today can reduce the inconvenience and danger of a black out."
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