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Temple Energy & Environment Committee

                      Headlines and Clips

                    See the "News & Links" page for details and links for the headlines & clips below


                         Temple's Renewable Energy Task Force


    The Renewable Energy Task Force is designing a 25kW solar array we will recommend

     to our citizens to provide the electricity for all of our municipal buildings.  The site we

     have selected for its potential installation is located on town owned land behind

     the Rte. 45 ballfield near the Temple Elementary School.                              


                                          (See the Renewables Task Force page for more info)



                                   The COP 26  UN  Climate Change Conference 

                                                        in Glasgow, Scotland. 

The summit's goal was to "bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change." But action and follow through is what will be needed.



           "More than 100 countries have signed the Global Methane Pledge,"

 It requires a 30 percent cut in methane emissions by 2030.  Also at COP 26, agreements   were made on stopping deforestation, drawing down and ending dependencies on fossil fuels, especially coal, and a China-US climate agreement.    



                      Enormous Ice Shelf Collapses in Eastern Antarctica - 3/15/22

                                            The Size of Los Angelos 


      Surprising scientists who have only known the eastern side of the continent to be            solid, stable and invulnerable to such ice loss.  It is of great concern.




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                            that stronger pledges to fight climate change

                          should be introduced before the end of the year". 




                                        Newly Appointed Chairman of FERC

                           (The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) 

                                    "May Drive 100% Clean Energy Plan"  

                                     January, 2021                



                                                 The US Rejoins the Paris Accord

                          "The Single Most Significant Step by 197 World Leaders 

                                 to Tamp Down Escalating Climate Change"



                                  "Let's Make the World a Better Place!"

                     A book on ways to help our environment, created by the 2017 class 

                                  of 4th graders at the Temple Elementary School.


                                                       (See the Kids Corner page)


                                 Climate Change News


                   "Our atmosphere is getting hotter, more turbulent,

                                           and more unpredictable.”






        Canada, Europe and the Middle East had their highest temperatures on record.

                                        US had its hottest summer on record.

                       And the Earth had its hottest month ever recorded in July.



                                                Hurricane Ida 

      Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast with 150 mph sustained winds                                                                     and 172 mph gusts!

           It broke hundreds of abandoned underwater pipelines and platforms in the                                              Gulf of Mexico, causing 300+ toxic leaks & oil spills.

     Then its tornados and historic flooding caused deaths and destruction all the way

                                                          up to the northeast.



                                The US Had 19 "Billion Dollar Disasters" in  2021 


    Among them were:

   "The largest single wildfire in CA history"; 

    The loss of 990 homes from the most violent wildfire in CO history with 110mph winds;

     40 tornados hitting 5 states in one Dec. day, including the most deadly in US history,  

     Hurricane Ida's damages  - 150 mph winds & 170 mph gusts, oil spills, destroyed

     property, tornados & flooding deaths.



                  "Climate Change is Widespread, Rapid and Intensifying"


                 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report, Aug. 2021



                                      "To preserve a livable climate,

               greenhouse-gas emissions must be reduced to net 0 by 2050."




                   In 2021 - NOAA Has Reported That the Amount of CO2 

             in the atmosphere has risen to the extreme and dangerous level of                                                                  419 parts per million . . .                                        

                             a level that last occurred 4 MILLION years ago . . .

                     in the Pliocene Epoch when the oceans were 78 ft. higher!                


                                   Recorded by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

                        Measured at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's    

                                                        Mona Loa Observatory in Hawaii 


                           "Two-Thirds of the Birds in North America are at Increasing

                                  Risk of Extinction Due to Rising Temperatures"


                                          "389 Bird Species Are on the Brink of Extinction" 

         And 34 species of birds in Hillsborough County, NH are vulnerable to habitat loss.  

                                              Reported by the Audubon Society in 2021



"The Planet is Relentlessly Heating

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

And "7 out of the last 7 years have been the hottest on record".


NOAA Reports 

   "2020 Tied 2016 for the Hottest Years On Record, 

  Even Without the Warming of an El Nino"


      "One of The Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded on the Planet "-

   130 degrees Fahrenheit,

    was recorded at Death Valley, CA  on August 16, 2020

 and AGAIN on 7/9/21


"The Highest Temperature Ever Recorded


100.4 degrees Fahrenheit,

occurred in Siberia on June 20, 2020"



"California's Record Heat 

fueled the "most devastating, unprecedented wildfire season in CA history"

Reported by the CA Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection in 2020


In 2019, "Greenland's Ice Sheet Melted

  at the fastest rate ever recorded." . . . until 2020 & 2021

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In 2019, Alaska's hottest summer ever (before 2020),

"The sea ice completely melted away."

"There was NO sea ice

within 150 miles from the shoreline.


                                     Reported by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy                                                                        


"Alaskan Glaciers Melting 100 Times Faster

Than Previously Thought."

"From the Polar Caps

 to the glaciers of Europe, Asia and South America,

 global warming is melting the planet’s ice faster than ever, 

and speeding the inundation of the world’s coastlines".


In 2021

   Extreme & Deadly June Heat Waves & Drought

Led to the Earliest Catastrophic Wildfire Season Ever in Western US & Canada.

 And from Siberia to Turkey, Italy, Spain, Greece, Lebanon & the Balkans

 record-breaking heat waves ignited out of control wildfires.

 Germany, Austria, Netherlands, India & China

 dealt with unprecedented torrential rains, floods & deadly mudslide disasters. 

In Zhengzhou China, 8 inches of rain fell in ONE HOUR 

with a total of 25 inches within 24 hours!




​Support for Renewable Energy Grows

As 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."