|Fresh Energy's Global Warming Action, May 2014||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 05:47:23 -0700 (PDT)|
Scott Jackson is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after adding a link to http://www.justcomm.org/temp/precip-chg.jpg and reformatting a bit. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Here's a link to a webinar next Wednesday at 1 pm CDT with Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton. It's free, but registration is required. Scott Jackson sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Wanda Ballentine <wsb70 [at] comcast.net> Date: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM Subject: Fresh Energy's Global Warming Action, May 2014 To: *Fresh* Energy Global Warming Action May 2014 National Climate Assessment highlights Minnesota's need to reduce risks The third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, offers the fullest accounting yet of the costly impacts Americans face from climate change. The report found that in every region of the United States, including Minnesota, Americans are experiencing the impacts in their own backyards. *Listen to J. Drake Hamilton's interview on MPR's All Things Considered: http://ow.ly/wT1cU One major climate impact in Minnesota is increasing expensive weather. The map at http://www.justcomm.org/temp/precip-chg.jpg shows changes from 1958-2012 in the amount of precipitation falling as very heavy events. Unfortunately, as economic costs from heavy downpours are increasing, in many cities our infrastructure (roads, bridges, stormwater) is designed as if our climate were that of the 1950s. For more great graphics and additional info visit * http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/ Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers *The Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board has found that the accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global conflict. Climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. Increased catastrophic weather events around the world will lead to more demand for American troops, even while floods and other extreme weather events at home may be damaging their naval ports and bases. Rear Admiral David Titley, a co-author of the report and a meteorologist, said “the ice doesn’t care about politics or who’s caucusing with whom, or Democrats or Republicans.” Read the report: http://ow.ly/wT1oy *Costs of MN Homeowners Insurance Spiking Due to Severe Weather *Bob Johnson, president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, is seeing the impacts of climate volatility in the rates we pay for homeowners insurance. Minnesota’s extreme summer floods and hailstorms in 2013 wreaked $942 million in damage, one of the three costliest states in the nation. According to Johnson, spikes in extreme weather “means that Minnesota insurance consumers will continue to experience double-digit premium increases due to severe weather claims, continuing the decade-long trend.” *Fresh Energy Webinar: Minnesota’s historic opportunities to reduce carbon pollution *Next week, join science policy director J. Drake Hamilton on Wednesday, May 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CT as she discusses landmark opportunities for carbon reduction in Minnesota’s electricity sector. You’ll learn about first-ever standards for carbon pollution from power plants, which will be issued in June. Also teed up this year: vital updates to the real health and environmental costs of carbon pollution, and requirements that Xcel Energy analyze replacing two of its biggest coal plants with clean energy. Hope you can join us! *Wednesday, May 21st 1:00-2:00 PM CT Free, but required registration: * *http://ow.ly/wT2Gs *Your Gift- Doubled this Spring *Donate to Fresh Energy and help us replace Minnesota’s dirtiest, least economic coal-burning power plants. You can support Fresh Energy’s work to replace coal-burning power plants by making a donation today. *If you do, 100 percent of your donation will be matched by the Energy Foundation. *Donate here: * https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/FreshEnergy
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