- “Climate change in 2016: the good, the bad, and the ugly” • This past year had so many stories involving human-caused climate change. Here is a summary of some of the high points, from my perspective. By “high points” I don’t necessarily mean good. Some of these high points are bad and some are downright ugly. [The Guardian]
- Such extreme weather events as droughts, wildfires, heat waves, and intense rainstorms, all occur naturally. But climate change is now increasing their frequency and magnitude. Flooding in Paris and the Arctic heat wave are just two instances of the events of 2016 for which climate change contributed to extreme weather. [Scientific American]
- India will generate as much as 56.5% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027, the government has estimated in a draft energy plan. Besides the coal-fired plants that are already being built, the country does not need to build new ones, it said. This puts India far ahead of its Paris commitment of 40% by 2030. [India Climate Dialogue]
- The Brookings Institution reported that between 2000 and 2014, 33 states and the District of Columbia cut carbon emissions while expanding their economies. Some of the states are run by Republican legislatures, including Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia. The states may lead the country on climate change. [Ledger Independent]
- A solar farm that is slated to generate about 5% of the energy for the Hawaiian island of Kauai is set to power up early this year, according to representatives from the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The solar farm, consisting of 55,000 solar panels, will have the capacity to generate up to 22,000 MWh of power. [Thegardenisland.com]
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