Poorer households should get free heat pumps, say experts: Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Fiona Harvey Guardian UK, Wed 16 Jun 2021 Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely …

Resilience planning involves knowing when and where to retreat

Norfolk: To fight flooding, this city plans to renovate—and retreat Bloomberg | Leslie Kaufman, March 10, 2021 When it rains in Norfolk, Va., the residents of the Chesterfield Heights and Grandy Village neighborhoods worry about getting cut off from the rest of the city. That’s because with a highway on one side and the Elizabeth River on the other, the …

A primary justification for fuel-dependent generation is its theoretical ability to generate regardless of the weather but over 40% of the coal, gas, & nuclear fleet are offline due to the cold in TX

Excerpt, RMI, 2/18/21… Wind turbine icing is the “least significant factor” in driving the outages, according to an ERCOT spokesperson. Additionally, it is notable that this is a relatively straightforward problem to solve. For example, in Canada “cold weather packages” allow wind turbines to operate in very low temperatures. Moreover, grid planners know and expect that wind power is often unavailable during system …

Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire. Juliana implications and Maui case.

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire (Earther) by Dharna Noor, October 13, 2020 Oil and gas companies have spent decades spewing ungodly amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there’s ample evidence that oil and gas companies covered up the climate-warming effects of that pollution. New polling shows that Americans want to do something about that. A national …

Democrats want to invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Internet Connectivity Office. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects – fiber level service

House Democrats recently passed an infrastructure bill that would invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects, a speed stipulation that can only be met with high-speed fiber optics, says Ernesto Omar Falcon, a senior legal …

Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought

Percentage of properties at risk of flooding during a major storm New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America By Christopher Flavelle, Denise Lu, Veronica Penney, Nadja Popovich and John Schwartz in NYTimes, June 29, 2020 Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger. Across much of the United States, the …

Adaptation through managed retreat from the coast or other impacted area

On March 19, 2020, GCC brought the authors and advisors working on the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit together for a virtual roundtable to discuss and inform the toolkit’s development. Read more about the convening here. About the Challenge: Equity and Climate Impacts Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States are the social inequalities that put the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations at risk, …

In 30 years from now, on the current path, almost half a million existing homes will be on land that floods at least once a year

Rising seas threaten an American institution: The 30-year mortgage The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage. Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and …