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TEEC

Temple Energy & Environment Committee

                    Headlines and Clips



                  Temple's 100% Renewable Energy Task Force

     is evaluating a new potential site for a 25 KW solar array that could

        provide the electricity needed for all town municipal buildings.

                                

                                 (See the Renewables Task Force page for more info)

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"The Planet is Relentlessly Heating

  with 19 of the last 20 years the warmest on record."

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NOAA Reports 

"2020 Tied 2016 for the Hottest Years On Record, 

Even Without the Warming of an El Nino"


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"One of the Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded

 on the Planet" . . .

130 degrees Fahrenheit

occurred on 8/16/20 in Death Valley, CA

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And the Highest Temperature Ever Recorded

Above the ARCTIC CIRCLE,

100.4 degrees Fahrenheit,

occurred in Siberia on June 20, 2020

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Meanwhile

California's Record Heat 

"exacerbated the region's most severe drought 

in the last 1,200 years",

fueling the unprecedented wildfire season in the US West.

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In Greenland

"The ice sheet melted

  at the fastest rate ever recorded."

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In Alaska

"The sea ice completely melted away"

"There was NO sea ice

within 150 miles from the shoreline.

None."


See details and links for all "Headlines" in "News & Links" page

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​Support for Renewable Energy Grows

Battery Storage Gets a Boost

The utility Southern California Edison to build seven lithium-ion battery storage projects that add up to enough to power a small city.

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Students March for Climate Protection 

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, student activist -

students around the world are

taking a stand for climate action.

(Video of worldwide marches at "News and Links")


Climate Changes Already Impacting our Environment

 "Our atmosphere is getting hotter, more turbulent, and more unpredictable."

  https//climate.nasa.gov//effects/ 



"The Arctic has Entered an Unprecedented State that Threatens

the Entire Planet"

 Report from a 50 year long study- 4/9/19


The Oceans' Absorption Rate of CO2 is at a Precipice 

. . . a rate "faster than the worst case 

in the geologic record". . .

   causing ocean acidification, leading to extinctions

July 2019 MIT Study

http://news.mit.edu/2019/carbon-threshold-mass-extinction-0708  


For details and credits see News and Links 

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In 2020

"The hyperactive hurricane season was driven by warmer sea temperatures. And surface sea temperatures have been steadily rising since the late 19th century." 


https://www.google.com/search?q=natuional+geographic+on+sea+warming+caused+by+climate+change&oq=natuional+geographic+on+sea+warming+caused+by+climate+change&aqs=​ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Civilization's SAFE LIMIT for CO2 in the atmosphere is

350 parts per million.

But in 2019, it rocketed up to a record

   415 ppm. . .

"a level not found in 3 million years"


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/we-dont-know-planet-co2-levels-hit-415-ppm-first-time-3-million-years?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuuqkvKqQ5A 


For details see "News & Links"

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The "Military Could Collapse Within 20 

Years Due to Climate Change "

From a 2019 report commissioned by

the Pentagon


"Urgent and Unprecedented Changes

are Needed."

"We Only Have 10 More Years to Significantly 

Mitigate Catastrophic Climate Change"

12 Yr. Warning from UN (IPCC) - 2018

  

A Super Polluter Needs Stronger EPA Regulation 

A chemical plant complex in FL emits a greenhouse gas

 300 times more potent for atmospheric warming than CO2. 

In one year, their process of making strong, durable plastic "released

 nitrous oxide into the atmosphere equivalent to the emissions

 from 2.1 million cars per year."

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24032020/plant-florida-emits-vast-quantities-greenhouse-gas-nearly-300-times-more-potent-carbon/

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"Methane Drives Sea Level Rise for Centuries"

Washington Post, 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/201/

7/01/09/methane-may-not-last-long-in-the-atmosphere-but-it-drives-rising-seas-for-hundreds-of-years/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3dd34950d544 

"Climate Disruptions are Public Health Threats"