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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about a green energy storage system, a new blend of gasoline, how coastal bird habitat was impacted during the 2022 hurricane season, and more.
A Least Tern nesting on a gravel rooftop. Photo: Kara Cook/Audubon
New Green Storage System Offers Renewable Energy On-demand
From the University of Central Florida

“While trying to find a way to store renewable energy (like solar and wind) and then use it when needed, UCF Pegasus Professor Jayanta Kapat and researchers Marcel Otto and Ladislav Vesely found that NASA’s Cryogenic Flux Capacitor (CFC) could be part of the solution. The UCF team recently invented a way to cost-efficiently convert excess renewable energy to hydrogen and oxygen and store it long-term — days, weeks or even months. Later, when the energy is needed, it’s reconverted and added to the electrical grid.”
An EV Alternative? Chevron Will Make a New, Renewable Fuel for Gas-powered Cars in MS
From the Biloxi Sun Herald

“They set off on a road trip last week from Pascagoula, Mississippi through Louisiana to Texas to show the potential of a new fuel that could be an affordable alternative to electric vehicles. Chevron developed the fuel that is 40% less carbon intensive than conventional gasoline. Toyota supplied the vehicles to show the fuel works in a passenger car, an SUV and a pickup truck... With almost 300 million cars and trucks on the road, the benefits of using this new blend would see lower carbon emissions faster and more economically than switching to electric vehicles.”
In Florida, Harris Announces $562M for Climate Resilience
From the Associated Press

“Returning to Florida to discuss climate change, Vice President Kamala Harris announced Friday that $562 million will be spent on 149 projects around the country aimed at improving resilience to threats such as rising seas and the kinds of coastal flooding that recently slammed the southeast part of the state. Harris outlined the funding plan during an appearance at the University of Miami, where she also toured a lab immersed in coral restoration work and a hurricane simulator capable of generating Category 5-strength winds of more than 157 mph (253 kph).”
Fort Lauderdale Flooding, What Happened
From The Palm Beach Post

“The historical flooding in Broward County that shut down the airport, closed schools, stranded motorists and left even veteran meteorologists agog was caused when storms built upon themselves, something called ‘training.’ In a 24-hour period, an unofficial 25.91 inches of rain collapsed onto Fort Lauderdale. The storm even spun up two short-lived tornadoes that sheered treetops and mangled metal siding in a Dania Beach mobile-home community… If the 25.91-inch measurement is verified, it would break the state record of 23.28 inches that fell in Key West on Nov. 11, 1980.”
Wrap-up of the 2022 Coastal Breeding Season at Audubon-stewarded Sites
From Audubon Florida

“The 2022 breeding season proved to be successful for beach-nesting sea and shorebirds. Two late-season hurricanes had little impact on nesting birds but did impact coastal habitat in a big way.”
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