Planet Philadelphia Guests:
Betsy Teutsch, who wrote 100 Under $100 - One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women
Coryn Wolk, Sustainable Transportation Outreach Coordinator
Here’s some news from the clean energy revolution front:
September blew away the margin for Earth's warmest month on record.
By Andrew Freedman Mashable Oct 22 - The superlatives for September 2015 are remarkable, and are the result of a combination of one of the top three most powerful El Niño events on record in the tropical Pacific Ocean plus long-term, manmade global warming… http://mashable.com/2015/10/21/september-warmest-month-by-far/#88jWqjUNqgqH
Study finds the warmer it gets, the more world economy hurts.
By Seth Borenstein AP Oct 22 - With each upward degree, global warming will singe the economies of three-quarters of the world's nations and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, according to a new economic and science study. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/study-finds-warmer-world-economy-hurts-34630229
Managing retreat along New York City's coasts. By Elizabeth Rush - New Republic Oct 26
The United States is 11th on the list of the countries most at risk to sea level rise, finishing just behind the canal-riddled Netherlands, deltaic Bangladesh… http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123182/managing-retreat-along-new-york-citys-coasts
Philadelphia has much to lose if drastic global carbon reductions aren’t made, study says
By Jon Hurdle | October 12, 2015 | State Impact
Tidal sections of the Delaware river could flood large areas of Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania cities in the future unless policymakers make radical cuts in global carbon emissions, a new study says... https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/10/12/philadelphia-could-avoid-some-sea-level-rise-under-big-carbon-cuts-study-says/
Americans have never been so sure about climate change—even Republicans.
By Tom Randall Bloomberg Business Oct 23 - Maybe it's the pope. Or the freakish year in extreme climate records. It might even be explained by the U.N. climate talks and the bright lights of the presidential election cycle. Whatever the cause, U.S. views on climate change are shifting—fast...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): Renewables Provide Majority of New U.S. Energy Generation in 2015 - So far, renewable energy projects are the primary source of new U.S. generating capacity in 2015, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. More than 60 percent of new energy generation this year came from biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind projects... http://www.utilitydive.com/news/ferc-renewables-account-for-over-60-of-new-generation-in-2015/408098/
The Hydrogen House Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and the pursuit of clean and renewable energy technologies - founded by inventor Mike Strizki in 2011...
UAE Reiterates Target Of 24% Clean Energy Share by 2021 - CleanTechnica-Oct 29, 2015 - The United Arab Emirates has announced a target to significantly increase its share of low-carbon energy over the next few years. Through its ... http://cleantechnica.com/2015/10/30/uae-reiterates-target-24-clean-energy-share-2021/
The Guardian --The Scottish government has granted consent for the world’s largest floating offshore windfarm to be developed off the coast of Peterhead. Oil and gas giant Statoil will build a 30MW pilot park consisting of five floating 6MW turbines, which could power nearly 20,000 homes. The project will be the UK’s first ever floating windfarm development, with construction set to start next year. Statoil’s executive vice president for new energy solutions, Irene Rummelhoff, said: “Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source…http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/02/worlds-largest-floating-windfarm-gets-green-light-in-scotland
Fortune.com - Why Japan wants to transform into a 'hydrogen society' -David Z. Morris Oct 21, 2015
Japan is making a big bet on an alternative fuel for the future—but will it pay off?
According to the Council On Foreign Relations – High Hopes for Hydrogen; Fuel Cells and the Future of Energy by Dr. Matthew Mench - Producing hydrogen now costs less and emits less carbon than ever before. In part, that is the result of the United States’ newfound abundance of natural gas , the source of most of the hydrogen produced. But it is also the result of technological improvements in the process of “reforming” natural gas into hydrogen. It now costs around as much to produce a gallon of gasoline as it does to produce the energy-equivalent amount of hydrogen with natural gas. Meanwhile, another method of producing hydrogen—electrolysis, which uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen—has seen major cost reductions as well. What makes electrolysis particularly attractive is that when powered by renewable sources such as wind and solar power, it directly emits zero carbon...
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