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    2M Dead From Extreme
    Weather in the Past 50 Years

    --NBC News
     
    May 22, 2023
    The economic damage of weather- and climate-related disasters continues to rise, even as improvements in early warning have helped reduce the human toll, the U.N. weather agency said Monday.
    The World Meteorological Organization, in an updated report, tallied nearly 12,000 extreme weather, climate and water-related events over the past half-century around the globe that have killed more than 2 million people and caused economic damage of $4.3 trillion.
    The stark recap from WMO came as it opened its four-yearly congress among member countries, pressing the message that more needs to be done to improve alert systems for extreme weather events by a target date of 2027.
    “Economic losses have soared. But improved early warnings and coordinated disaster management has slashed the human casualty toll over the past half a century” WMO said in a statement. The trend of rising economic damage is expected to continue.

    Solar-Poweered Airships
    Are on the Way

    -Anthopocene Magazine
    May 10, 2023
    Flying is the most climate-unfriendly mode of transportation, yet demand for air travel is projected to continue to increase in the coming decades. Researchers are working on replacing jet fuel with sustainable fuels, hydrogen, or battery-powered airplanes, but such technologies aren’t ready for wide-scale use.
    Relaunching a century-old technology could be a faster approach to climate-friendly air travel, according to a new study. Airships powered by a skin of thin, flexible solar cells and highly efficient, lightweight batteries have the potential to move people and freight across oceans at much lower cost and climate impact than conventional aviation.
    In the new study, researchers envision a solar-powered airship more or less the same shape, size and design as LZ129. This is the airship better known as the Hindenburg, which crashed and caught fire in New Jersey at the end of a transatlantic voyage in 1937, putting a damper on airship travel for nearly a century. But a solar-powered airship would be much safer as it would have no combustible fuel on board, the researchers say.

    Lowe's Goes Big
    On Solar Energy

    -Allegheney Front
    April 19, 2023
    Lowe's has announced plans to install solar panel systems at 174 of the home improvement retail chain's stores and distribution centers nationwide.
    Once each site is completed, the solar panels will provide approximately 90% of the energy usage at each location, Lowe's said. Twenty sites are currently in operation.
    DSD Renewables will install solar at 55 stores in California (totaling 42.17 MW), as well as 36 stores and three distribution centers in Illinois (totaling 43.13 MW).
    Greenskies Clean Focus will install solar at 52 retail stores and two distribution centers in California with a combined capacity of 48 MW.
    Infinity Energy completed solar installations at 20 Lowe's stores in New Jersey and will be installing solar at six additional locations in the state later this year.
    This investment in rooftop solar panels builds on Lowe's recent sustainability progress, including achieving its 2025 goal of reducing scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 40% – relative to 2016 emissions levels – four years early.

    Cutting H20 Allotments
    From Colorado River

    --The NY Times
    April 11, 2023
    After months of fruitless negotiations between the states that depend on the shrinking Colorado River, the Biden administration on Tuesday proposed to put aside legal precedent and save what’s left of the river by evenly cutting water allotments, reducing the water delivered to California, Arizona and Nevada by as much as one-quarter.
    The size of those reductions and the prospect of the federal government unilaterally imposing them on states have never occurred in American history.
    Overuse and a 23-year-long drought made worse by climate change have threatened to provoke a water and power catastrophe across the West. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 40 million Americans as well as two states in Mexico, and irrigates 5.5 million agricultural acres. The electricity generated by dams on the river’s two main reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, powers millions of homes and businesses.
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