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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about renewable energy, sea-level rise projections, rejoining the Paris Accord, and more.
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Action Alert: Urge Your Senators to Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Fight Climate Change
From National Audubon Society

“Farmers, ranchers, and foresters are vital in the fight against climate change. A new bill in the works—the Growing Climate Solutions Act—would be a first step in giving them the resources and know-how to support common-sense conservation on their lands.”
77–80% Of New US Power Capacity Came From Solar & Wind In 2020
From CleanTechnica

“According to new data from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — data derived from Velocity Suite, ABB Inc. and The C Three Group LLC — solar power and wind power accounted for 77.1% of new utility-scale power capacity in the United States in 2020 (chart above). Adding in a CleanTechnica estimate for rooftop solar power capacity, that percentage rises to 80.1%.”
Florida Could Soon Have Official State Projections for How Sea-level Rise and Flooding Could Impact the State’s Coastline
From WUSF News

“From local planning councils to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, different agencies are making their own sea-level rise projections. But they’re not all the same. That means when governments make planning decisions, they’re not all basing their choices on the same information. Under a bill by Rep. Chip LaMarca (R-Lighthouse Point), the state would create its own official projection to be used for government-funded projects.”
U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement On Climate Change
From NPR News

“The United States on Friday officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change designed to limit global warming and avoid its potentially catastrophic impacts. Nearly 200 nations have signed on to the landmark accord and committed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius - preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius - compared to pre-industrial temperatures.”
Why Thousands of Turtles Were Paralyzed Off the Coast of Texas This Week
From Live Science

“This week, thousands of sea turtles were paralyzed in the frigid waters along the Texas coastline during the unprecedented winter storm that swept across the country. In response, a small army of volunteers, many of them without power and running water, sprang into action to rescue these endangered creatures. So what caused these sea turtles to freeze up?... This is the largest cold-stunning event to occur in the U.S. since NOAA began keeping records on these events, Donna Shaver, coordinator of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, told National Geographic.”
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