Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …

By 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, Amazon ecosystem collapse, ice-free Arctic in summer, and 1.5 ft of sea level rise

Based on the 3C Paris Track… The collapse of ecosystems like coral reefs, the Amazon and the Arctic Unlivable temperatures for more than 100 days a year in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia A one-fifth decline in agricultural yields The flooding of coastal cities, small islands and low-lying regions including Chennai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh …

Economically poor communities lack access to evacuation, left vulnerable in emergencies: Case Study of Harris County TX

Analysis of Flood Vulnerability and Transit Availability with a Changing Climate in Harris County, Texas Joshua A. Pulcinella, Arne M. E. Winguth, Diane Jones Allen, … First Published April 22, 2019 Research Article  https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119839346 Article information    Hurricanes and other extreme precipitation events can have devastating effects on population and infrastructure that can create problems for emergency responses and evacuation. Projected climate change and associated …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren? What we really need right now is Deep Transformation. There is still time to act: we must acknowledge this moral imperative.

By Jeremy Lent, Patterns of Meaning, on EcoWatch, 17 April 2019 Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for “Deep Adaptation” — that we must prepare for inevitable collapse. However, this orientation is dangerously flawed. It threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy by diluting the efforts toward positive, structural change (as outlined in Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si’ and known for generations …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change 

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change by Gleb Raygorodetsky “The Indigenous communities and their traditional territories are the islands of biocultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization. The Archipelago of Hope takes readers on a journey to explore the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands, and how they form the foundation …

Anything beyond what we call ‘code-plus’ is for the most part not happening.”

Coastal homes aren’t ready for climate change – study E&E News | Daniel Cusick Coastal property owners are failing to take even basic steps to protect their homes against sea-level rise and hurricanes, even as climate change increases the risk that coastal homes will be damaged by rising tides and storm surges, according to new research. The study from the …

Hawaii aims to increase food self-sufficiency to 30% by 2020. Indigenous agriculture can help.

In order to meet Aichi Target 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity on restoring 15% of globally degraded ecosystems there is a need to increase the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in ecological restoration activities. Indigenous agriculture has potential to contribute to food needs under climate change, February 26, 2019  The study highlights the relevance of restoring …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

Hurricanes strengthening faster. Counting only natural disasters over $1 billion, NASA tallies $91 billion in costs in 2018. Last 3 years have seen double the previous average.

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say: A startling study says that devastating storms that intensify rapidly are becoming more common. By Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis, Washington Post, Feb 7, 2019 Over a 28-year period from 1982 to 2009, the percentage of Atlantic storms that rapidly intensified had tripled, the study found. …