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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about Greenhouse Gas inventories, reaching the electric vehicle tipping point, recently-published books about climate, and more.
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Audubon, the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative, East Central Florida Cities and Counties, ICLEI, and Area Universities Launch Partnership to Fight Climate Change, Save Taxpayer Dollars, and Train Future Environmental Professionals
From Audubon Florida

“Florida’s largest, simultaneous Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory initiative launched this week in East Central Florida. Audubon Florida announced the initiative, which will develop common sense baselines for greenhouse gas emissions for 18 visionary cities and counties in the region, in partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative (R2C), and local universities.”
12 New Books Explore Fresh Approaches to Act on Climate Change
From Yale Climate Connections

“Despite a journey to this moment even more treacherous than expected, Americans now have a fresh opportunity to act, decisively, on climate change. The authors of the many new books released in just the past few months (or scheduled to be published soon) seem to have anticipated this pivotal moment. Their number includes a scientist, an entrepreneur, and a journalist, each of whom has published among the first calls to action on climate change: Michael Mann, Bill Gates, and Elizabeth Kolbert.”
Electric Vehicles Close to ‘Tipping Point’ of Mass Adoption
From The Guardian

“Electric vehicles are close to the “tipping point” of rapid mass adoption thanks to the plummeting cost of batteries, experts say. Global sales rose 43% in 2020, but even faster growth is anticipated when continuing falls in battery prices bring the price of electric cars dipping below that of equivalent petrol and diesel models, even without subsidies. The latest analyses forecast that to happen some time between 2023 and 2025.”
How Consumers Could Drive More Farmers to Fight Climate Change
From Indy Star News

“Shoppers are always looking for the organic label, that white circle with green fields on the bottom half and a brown outline. They know what it means and what they’re getting: food or fibers produced with only natural substances and no chemicals. And the number one reason people buy organic, according to research, is for their health. But what about a label for the health of the soil and the climate? Would consumers look for that, too?”  
Republicans File Bill to Set Up Office of Resiliency, Help Study Sea Level Rise
From Florida Politics 

“Sen. Ray Rodrigues and Rep. Chip LaMarca are spearheading legislation aimed at preparing the state for rising sea levels due to climate change. The bills (SB 514 and HB 315) will create an Office of Resiliency under the executive branch and set up a nine-person Sea Level Rise Task Force… The nine-person task force would include the state’s Chief Resilience Officer and Chief Science Officer. The Senate President and House Speaker would each name one member. Various other agency members would make up the remainder of the commission.”
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