In this week's Newsletter: Attempting to balance the global carbon budget, we forgot to mention it last week but Clean Energy Connections returns September 19th, the connection between hurricanes and climate change and much more!
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What Would It Take to Balance the Global Carbon Budget?


For many years now, climate scientists have warned about a dangerous tipping point: 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) of warming above pre-industrial levels- the level agreed to in the Paris Climate Accord. In order to stay under that level of warming, the Earth has to stick to a very strict carbon diet, releasing only 2,900 extra gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere total before causing catastrophic climate change. And since we started releasing large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere in the 1870s, we've emitted about 2,100 gigatons, or 73%.

Especially in the wake of unusually powerful and destructive storms that have wreaked havoc in Texas, the Caribbean and India, it's clearly past time to grapple with the implications of those numbers. And while the future looks bleak at the federal level in the United States (historically the world's king polluter), state and local governments have pledged to do their part to cut emissions and help save the world.

Want to play with some projections yourself? The New York Times has published this easy-to-use climate simulator where you can plot the effects of different regions of the world making different changes in their carbon emissions. But it's pretty clear that we need a massive investment in renewables and a winding down of the carbon economy if humans are going to sustain a livable future on planet Earth.

Clean Energy Connections Returns with the Energy Gang on September 19th

Last week, we featured the return of the energy Gang to the Clean Energy Connections panel discussion series at WNYC's Greene Space. But we forget to include the date! It's September 19th, and you may want to get your tickets now because they are going fast.

The Energy Gang Live with Special Guest Mark Chambers
Tuesday September 19th at 6:30pm
The Green Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street bet Varick & 6th Ave

Join Clean Energy Connections for the second event of 2017 - The Energy Gang Live with Special Guest Mark Chambers

The Energy Gang is a weekly podcast produced by Greentech Media that gives listeners deep analysis on the latest energy and cleantech news. Each week, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah dissect and debate what’s happening across the industry — covering national and local politics, technology trends, and business strategies.
 
Come listen to a lively conversation and debate with some of the top thinkers and writers in clean energy.
 
Agenda:
6:30 - Doors open
7:00 - Show begins
8:30 - Networking

Panelists:
THE ENERGY GANG:
Stephen Lacey, Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media
Katherine Hamilton, Principal, 38 North Solutions
Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting, Generate Capital

SPECIAL GUEST:
Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Open bar sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets are available here.
 

What's the Connection Between Hurricane Mayhem and Climate Change?

In the past two weeks, we've seen tremendous destruction caused by extreme weather. First Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, Texas, and then Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever measured in the Caribbean, laid waste to several of the northern Caribbean islands and is now threatening South Florida. And yet another named storm, Jose, is coming up behind Irma.

All this storm activity begs the question: What do these storms, and their size and severity, have to do with climate change...if anything?

Unfortunately, it's not that easy to draw a line from climate change to an individual storm. Climate scientists and meteorologists both deal in probabilities, and it's much different to say that large storms will become more likely than to say that one particular storm developed the way it did because of climate change.

The connection between climate change and hurricanes is logical enough: Hurricanes feed off warm water, and climate change will make the areas where hurricanes feed hotter. Warmer air can hold more water vapor, making it easier for a storm like Harvey to dump more rain.

How other hurricane factors are affected by climate is still unclear. Some scientists think Sandy's unusual trek over the East Coast might have been influenced by climate change, but that's precisely the sort of hypothesis that's difficult to test with a rare phenomenon.

You can read more about this on Newsweek.com here.
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