- “Rising Seas, Melting Ice, Raging Fires – Why Didn’t Anybody Warn Us?” • In a recent New York Times op-ed, Eugene Linden suggests reasons why scientists have been too conservative on climate change. There have been scientists who showed that rapid changes have happened in the past and can again, but they were regarded as on the fringe. [CleanTechnica]
- “Australia Fires: Nation Braces For ‘Most Dangerous Bushfire Week Ever Seen'” • Fire chiefs in Australia have warned of “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen”, saying New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, faces an unprecedented “catastrophic” fire day. NSW has 60 fires, 40 of which are out of control. [The Guardian]
- “As Climate Change Threatens Midwest’s Cultural Identity, Cities Test Ways to Adapt” • Think of a Minnesota with almost no ice fishing, Missouri as hot and dry as Texas, and communities on rivers where catastrophic floods happen almost every year rather than every few generations. This, scientists warn, is the future if emissions continue as they are. [InsideClimate News]
- “Renewable Energy Proposals Top 75” • The Hawaiian Electric Companies’ public call for additional renewable energy resources has been answered with more than 75 proposals, as the utilities move toward fossil fuel reduction. The proposals are for projects on Hawai‘i Island, Maui and O‘ahu and include grid services such projects as for rooftop solar. [Big Island Now]
- “McDonald’s Unveils Two New Sustainability Initiatives That Could Power 2,500 Stores” • The sustainability plans McDonald’s announced last week, including power purchase agreements with Apex Clean Energy and Ares Management for solar and wind energy in Texas, are expected to be able to power over two thousand stores. [The Rising]
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