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TEEC

Temple Energy & Environment Committee

NEWS and LINKS

    US and China Commitment - 4/18/21

"The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other

      and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis," their joint statement said.

The two countries will continue to discuss "concrete actions in the 2020s to

    reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature

limit within reach."

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-us-agree-need-stronger-climate-action-commitments-statement-2021-04-18/   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BUT

     “We are on the verge "of the abyss, 

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at a press conference

       announcing the findings of the World Meteorological Organization’s 

flagship 'State of the Global Climate' report."

"The global average temperature in 2020 was 'dangerously close'

   to the 1.5-degree Celsius limit advocated by scientists to stave off

 the worst impacts of climate change.

The six years since 2015, have been the warmest on record,

       and the decade beginning up to this year, was the warmest ever."

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/04/1090072

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Battery Storage Steps Up to Support Renewables

From the Clean Economy Newsletter, May 7, 2020 


          Southern California Edison plans to build "an eye-popping 770 megawatts 

          of battery storage" by 2021 via 7 lithium-ion battery storage projects in CA.

         "The 300-megawatt Moss Landing project in central CA will be the largest 

          battery storage project in the world when it opens near the end of this year,

          according to developers. It's being led by a different utility, Pacific Gas and

          Electric." And the Manatee Energy Storage Center in Florida, "scheduled to

          go online in late 2021, will be 409 megawatts". "This is an important part of

          fighting climate change because the combination of renewable energy and

          battery storage can function much like a traditional power plant, capable of 

          being dispatched when needed by grid operators during times of high demand".

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100% Renewable Energy by 2030

Temple's citizens voted at our 2018 Town Meeting to adopt a Warrant Article requesting the creation of a Renewable Energy Task Force to recommend options for powering all of our municipal energy usage with 100% renewable energy by 2030.  

A volunteer task force, charged with manifesting that mission, is meeting monthly to study various cost-effective and viable paths to implementing that goal.


We are also evaluating a variety of options for establishing a Community Power Plan to provide more local control and cost savings for Temple's entire community. 


The CPP opportunity has arisen from the passage of NH state legislation RSA-E and Senate Bill 286, signed b5y the governor and effective as of October, 2019.

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                  US Rejoins the Paris Accord in January 2021 


                      The Paris Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016,

               committing 197 nations to an aspirational goal of holding global  

          temperature rise to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial

          levels” and cutting net greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the second

          half of this century. Negotiations "lead to strong transparency and  

          accountability measures to ensure that China and India do their fair 

          share. It included the ability for every country—including the U.S

          to set its own non-binding emissions reduction targets, known as

          Nationally Determined Contributions. The U.S. target is to reduce.

          greenhouse gas emissions 26–28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025."

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/paris-climate-agreement-everything-you-need-know 

But as of 2021. . . 

"Paris goals still ‘long way off’, says President of UN climate conference"

https://news.un.org/en/news/topic/climate-change

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                            To Sustain Civilization as We've Known It

                                           for the last 10,000 Years . . .                                             

                   the SAFE LIMIT for C02 in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million.    

                                                             But

                           In 2019,  CO2 hit the dangerously UNSAFE measurement of 

                                                           415 ppm . . .  

                  "A level UNSEEN for 3 million years . . . not since the Pliocene Epoch"   


                                      Recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii

                                        by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography                                                                               

                                                                

                                                       https://www.co2.earth/

                                        https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/we-dont-know-planet-co2-levels-hit-415-ppm-first-time-3-million-years?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuuqkvKqQ5A

      

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                        "The Planet is Relentlessly Heating

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


                                      NOAA has predicted . . . 

                      "2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record",

                                       without even an El Nino event.

                                                                        

         And on June 20, 2020, the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk recorded the

              "hottest temperture ever recorded ABOVE the ARCTIC CIRCLE . . .                                                             100.4° Fahrenheit!"

                   in spite of that town's highest winter temperatures typically being

                                                  MINUS 44 degrees Fahrenheit

htts://time.com/5864692/climate-change-defining-moment/?fbclid=IwAR3vTdai1YNMRfAwH_fTbegpkEZMZ8f05oEYjndIRWVS2_ShL0zA5AesyVI 

https//www.sciencenews.org/article/siberia-verkoyansk-record-heat-wave-arctic-circle 


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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.

The same day, it was 120 degrees in Los Angeles .

     And it was "CA's record heat that exacerbated the region's most severe drought in the last 1,200 years" (Stanford Univ. study),

   fueling the unprecedented wildfire season in the US West -

                  burning over a staggering 5 million acres by 9/27/20.                

CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection


https//www.cnn.com/2020/9/27/weather/west-wildfires-weather-forecast-sunday/index.html?

utm_term=16012113169801eb3392f4356&utm_source=Five+Things+for+Sunday%2C+September

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In 2019, "Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melted 

at the Fastest Rate Ever Recorded”


     Now “the flammable peat forests along Greenland’s shorelines are  

             burning, releasing long-ago-sequestered carbon into the  atmosphere”           The newly discovered “warm water flowing UNDER  Greenland’s sheet is causing it to melt faster.” 

 “Currently, it’s the single largest driver of sea level rise globally.” 

And it is a climate tipping point" - it can no longer be stopped.


   "Observations from 11 satellite missions monitoring the ice sheets

    in the Antarctic and Greenland have revealed that the regions are

 losing ice six times faster than they were in the 1990s."


           Discovering the warm water flowing below both the Antarctic 

          glaciers and Greenland's, lead to the 5th IPPC's Assessment Report

     prediction that "global sea levels would rise by 28 inches by 2100 - its worst case scenario."


https:https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2958/greenland-antarctica-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-the-1990s/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200129174526.htm

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The Ocean's Regulation of Global Temperatures Nears a Crisis 

 

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) 

 is "a conveyor belt of ocean water that loops the planet,

 regulates global temperatures

and could be heading for a tipping point.” 


"Changes in the conveyor belt have been responsible for

some of the strongest and most rapid climate shifts

 during the past 2.6 million years!” 

“Greenland’s melting of glacial ice is now DISRUPTING that current!” 

                                                                                                

      Glacial fresh-water melt is not as heavy as the frigid salt water that has plunged 

    deeply down into the ocean depths for eons, pumping the conveyor belt of icy

       salt water down and pushing up the southern warm water from the Gulf Stream,

moderating northern hemisphere temperatures.

     https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07052018/atlantic-ocean-circulation-slowing-climate-change-heat-temperature-rainfall-fish-why-you-should-care 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04086- 



The AMOC

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            The Oceans' Rate of CO2 Absorption Threatens Mass Extinctions


               "When the rate at which CO2 enters the ocean pushes passed 

                 a critical threshold it can trigger a reflex of severe ocean

                                  acidification that lasts for 10,000 years".  


                 And "today's oceans are absorbing CO2 at a rate faster than

                                  the worst case in the geologic record".                                                            .

                   Ocean acidification is destructive to marine eco-systems and

                 lethal to many speciesthreatening sea food world-wide.


                                                                 MIT Study, July, 2019

        https/news.mit.edu/2019/carbon-thresthold-mass-extinction-0708 

  https://marinesanctuary.org/blog/ocean-acidification-101/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI64mxsLSt7AIVQZyzCh3EUwjXEAAYAiAAEgJJZvD_BwE

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AIRS instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft shows

 high carbon dioxide concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere