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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share points of view about blue carbon, an update on creating a statewide resilience strategy, exciting news about renewable energy projects, and more.
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'Blue Carbon' could help preserve Volusia, Flagler, St Johns fragile coastal ecosystems
From Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Daytona Beach is synonymous with its wide, flat expanse of beach meeting the waves of the Atlantic, and landward, the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, the vibrant Mosquito Lagoon, and the palm-lined Tomoka River. Yet with every passing day, with sea-level rise and storm surge, we are losing pieces of this natural wealth, our area’s defining character — and economic foundation. Ironically, these same vulnerable resources also present one of our best opportunities to meet the challenges of climate change head on.”
IRS and Treasury extend safe harbor for renewable energy projects
From Accounting Today

“The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released guidance that offers an extension of a safe harbor for developers of renewable energy projects located either offshore or on federal land. In Notice 2021-5, issued last week, the IRS and the Treasury said they will extend the safe harbor period for up to 10 calendar years after the year in which construction of a project began.”
FPL adds 1.4 million solar panels to Florida with five solar energy centers
From Renewable Energy Magazine

“Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced five new solar energy centers will begin powering customers with clean energy by December 31. These new sites, each of which is about 500 acres, add another 1.4 million solar panels to the state and support FPL SolarTogether™ – the company’s popular community solar program, which launched earlier this year.”
How the pandemic did (or didn't) impact carbon emissions
From CNN

“CNN's Bill Weir recaps 2020's long list of natural disasters-- from wildfires in Australia to the long list of hurricanes in the US-- and looks at how our infrastructure is equipped to handle these disasters.”
A coalition for climate, environment
From Naples Daily News

“Having lived in Naples on the Gulf of Mexico for more than 20 years, I have watched with concern many changes take place on the shore, in the water and in Collier County in general. I am not alone in my concern, as is witnessed by the passage of Amendment 1 in 2014 and the recent passage of Conservation Collier. Those resounding successes are clear demonstrations that our community is eager to be proactive and better stewards of our land and water.” – Lois Kelley, Audubon Florida board member
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