In this week's Newsletter: The Energy Gang returns to Clean Energy Connections (and it's gonna sell out, so buy a ticket today), a coalition of states including NY are working to save the Clean Power Plan, and much more!
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The Energy Gang Returns to Clean Energy Connections

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. 

We're thrilled to host the Gang for the 3rd year in a row for our Clean Energy Connections Event series. 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

Tickets are on sale now! Don't wait, this event WILL sell out!

The Energy Gang LIVE @ Clean Energy Connections
Thursday October 4th from 6:30-9pm
The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR 
44 Charlton Street at Varick St, Manhattan

24 States Including NY Are Working to Preserve the Clean Power Plan

Air pollution has been regulated in the United States since 1955 under various federal laws, largely as a result of the extreme air pollution and smog caused by automobiles running on leaded gasoline. By 1963, the original Air Pollution Control Act had evolved into the Clean Air Act, which provided authority and funds for studying and controlling the effects of certain pollutants on public health.

During the Obama administration, the Clean Power Plan was added to include pollution from power plants, and called for a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It was also the US's major contribution to the emissions reduction called for in the Paris Climate Accords.

The Trump EPA has been working to roll back the Clean Power Plan regulations, as part of their efforts to resuscitate the coal industry, but the attorneys general of NY and the other states are asking the US Court of Appeals to reject the EPA's changes and preserve the plan.

You can read more about their efforts on the NYLCV.org website here.

Dangerous Hurricane Misconceptions, Debunked by Scientists

As Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolinas and more than a million people have fled their homes, no matter the orders and warnings and dire predictions, some people will always believe that the threat of a storm is overblown, for a million reasons ranging from experiences culled from a lifetime of living on the coast to conspiracy theories about meteorology.

Sometimes fears about storms ARE overblown by authorities - New Yorkers were pretty irritated when Irene turned out to be just an extra big storm, unworthy of closing the subway - but poor understanding and bad communication between the public and the meteorology community has a lot to do with it too.

So, without further ado, here are the top three misconceptions about hurricanes, as reported by the NY Times. You can read all the details on their website by clicking the link at the bottom.

1. The "cone of uncertainty" is confusing. Most people think it shows the area that will be affected by the storm; in reality, it shows the possible area that the eye of the storm may track over. So a much, much bigger area around the cone can be affected, but the impacts will vary depending on where that eye actually lands.

2. Are categories that important? The hurricane category refers to the top wind speeds within the storm, but in fact it's storm surges that are the most deadly. Storm surges are affected by moon phase (remember Sandy's full moon effect?) but also by sea level rise. So Florence is likely to have a bigger storm surge than the last Cat. 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Carolinas, back in 1954.

3. The threat isn't just to the coast. The true measure of a hurricane's impact isn't how high the water gets, but how far it spreads (and how much developed property there is where it lands and spreads, of course). Storm surges can cause serious flooding inland by swelling riverbeds and creating havoc as seawater mixes with freshwater, and makes its way back to the ocean.

To read more about what scientists propose to help the public better understand the risks from hurricanes, visit the NYT website here.

 
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9/15
Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, free
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9/15
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: East Elmhurst
New Life Fellowship, 82-10 Queens Boulevard bet Simonson & Goldsmith Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

International National Coastal Cleanup Day
NY & NJ Coastal Locations, check website for local details!

9/16
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper West Side
Amsterdam Avenue at West 110th Street, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

9/17
Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Commercial
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $75 general admission

L Train Shutdown Town Hall Meeting
Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue bet 6th & 7th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free

9/18
Celebrate NYC: Tour of Gramercy Townhouse
Gramercy Townhouse, 206 East 20th Street bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Manhattan, 1-2:30pm, $15 general admission/$10 partner organizations

9/19
Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Residential
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd sts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $75 general admission


 
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