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TEEC

Temple Energy & Environment Committee

                      Headlines and Clips

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

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                         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 with room           to expand the array to 50kW for community power.                 

                                     

                                        (See the Renewables Task Force page for more info)

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                                   The COP 27  UN Climate Change Conference 

                                                                    In Egypt 

 The countries most responsible for producing the majority of heat-trapping emissions overheating our atmosphere have finally made commitments to help poorer and more vulnerable countries already enduring serious climate catastrophes. It's a good step in the right direction. But "progress on eliminating fossil fuel useage - the key to slowing climate change -  again seemed beyond the international community" 

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                                                     In COP 26

           "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.    

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                            that stronger pledges to fight climate change

                          should be introduced before the end of the year". 

                                                        4/18/21

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                                        Newly Appointed Chairman of FERC

                           (The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) 

                                    "May Drive 100% Clean Energy Plan"  

                                     January, 2021  www.eenews.net                

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                                                 The US Rejoins the Paris Accord

                          "The Single Most Significant Step by 197 World Leaders 

                                 to Tamp Down Escalating Climate Change"

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                                  "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)

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                                 Climate Change News

         

                   "Our atmosphere is getting hotter, more turbulent,

                                           and more unpredictable.”


                                                        https//climate.nasa.gov//effects/  

 

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           2022 -  Heat Waves Shatter 7,000 Daily Temperature Records  

                                             Throughout the US  

   https://headtopics.com/us/maps-show-where-extreme-heat-shattered-7-000-records-this-summer-29796841


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             Enormous Ice Shelf Collapses Off of Eastern Antarctica - 3/15/22

                                                  The Size of Los Angeles

 

  The massive 460 square mile Conger Ice Shelf collapsed off the most stable side 

  of Antarctica during a heat wave with temperatures 40 degrees above normal."  

    

                   https://www.npr.org/2022/03/25/1088840912/antarctica-ice-shelf-collapses


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                                       Wildfires in the West

 

   Severe heat plus the most extreme drought in 1200 yrs. continue to escalate massive   

  wildfires year-round in the US West to the extent that it is no longer reasonable to talk      about the "fire SEASON," experts say. 

                   

                              https://ktla.com/news/local-news/is-there-still-a-fire-season-in-california/

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                                      Unbearable Heat in India and Pakistan 

    

   "51 days straight of 100 degree F. temperatures in Pakistan, up to 123.8 degrees F.

    with high humidity, followed by extreeme flooding which left "1/3 of Pakistan under

    water," "pushed the limits of human livability" and caused nearly 1,3000 deaths.

                        

             https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20062022/jacobabad-pakistan-heat-health/?utm

                     

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                             Financial Costs of Climate Change  

                               "Staying with the status quo can be overwhelming"

      

                  "In 2020, the US had 22 climate driven 'billion-dollar disasters'."

                  "In 2021, the US had 20 climate driven 'billion-dollar disasters'."

           "In 2022, the US had 15 climate driven 'billion-dollar disasters' just by Sept. 30,

                                                     costing $29.3 billion." 

                    

                                              https://www.climatecentral.org/climate-matters/billion-dollar-disasters-in-2022                 

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                                        Marine Life is Dying

                           

                              Warmer water, ocean acidification, & de-oxygenation  

             from global warming & the absorption of CO2 emissions are the causes.

       

    In areas of the Pacific Ocean off the US West Coast, this combination of factors has

    been determined to be causing what were called "the Blobs" - areas where there

    were massive fish and marine die-offs and ocean eco-system destruction.   

        

     https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-why-oceans-could-face-more-extremes-like-the-pacific-blob/


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                                   "Dangerous Heat Waves" in 2022

     Engulfing Europe, England, US, China, Asia, Middle East, Northern Africa 

         

 Scorching, record-breaking, heat waves persist - endanering public health, increasing     drought, drying up grain fields, and igniting catastrophic wildfires.  England's drought     cost $20 billion.         

                        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/12/dangerous-heatwaves-engulf-parts-china-us-europe

                      https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/​150083/heatwaves-and-fires-scorch-europe-africa-and-asia


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                                                2021 

        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.


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                                                Hurricane Ida - 2021

      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 into the northeast.

                                                

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                                The US Had 20 "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.

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                  "Climate Change is Widespread, Rapid and Intensifying"

                  

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

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                                      "To preserve a livable climate,

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

                                                      https://www.un.org/climate-change


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                   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!                

                                    

                         2021 CO2 - Recorded by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography    

 Measured at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Mona Loa, Hawaii Observatory  

                                      Ancient readings were based on ice core research                                

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                           "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

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"The Planet is Relentlessly Heating   - 2019


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".

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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,

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

 and AGAIN on 7/9/21


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"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 

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

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


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In 2019, "Greenland's Ice Sheet Melted

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/25/ice-melt-quickens-greenland-glaciers/


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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.

None."

                                     Reported by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy                                                                        

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"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".


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/alaskan-glaciers-melting-faster-than-previously-thought/


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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!



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​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."

  https//climate.nasa.gov//effects/