THE BRIEF [Jan 29-Feb 4'24]
Soil carbon can't offset livestock emissions, mining for the climate, climate change will kill 14.5M by 2050 and fossil fuel industry sponsored climate research already in 1954.
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💩 New evidence reveals that the fossil fuel industry sponsored climate science research all the way back in 1954
This week’s highlights
[#slowcharging] — Installing slower, more affordable Level 1 EV chargers in multifamily housing can be an effective way to encourage EV adoption. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) in California is focusing on getting a high volume of Level 1 chargers into apartment buildings, providing convenient and accessible charging options for tenants. This approach reduces costs, avoids infrastructure hurdles, and puts less strain on the grid. PCE's strategy of "right sizing" charging solutions prioritizes ubiquity over speed, aiming to get more people charging their EVs instead of a few people charging quickly. By installing Level 1 chargers in high volumes, PCE is helping to make EV charging more accessible and affordable for residents in multifamily dwellings. (P.S. If you think is cool, you should check out my startup elby.co as this is exactly what we’re doing).
[#foodforests] — This article discusses the initiative to plant trees in Tucson, Arizona, to combat extreme heat and food insecurity. The project aims to create "food forests" where volunteers cultivate fruit trees and edible plants for the community. Similar efforts have been seen in cities like Philadelphia and Boston, providing shade, fresh produce, and environmental benefits.
[#health] — According to a commentary published in Nature Medicine, climate change has likely caused the death of approximately 4 million people globally since the year 2000. This estimate, based on the work of Australian epidemiologist Anthony McMichael, is considered an underestimate as it does not include deaths from various climate-related diseases and mental health consequences. The lack of mortality data, especially in low- and middle-income countries, poses a challenge in accurately quantifying climate-related deaths. Developing a universal climate mortality protocol using predictive modeling is suggested to provide a more accurate estimate and drive policy actions.
[#health] — Climate change is causing a global health crisis that will result in approximately 14.5 million additional deaths by 2050, with the majority of the impact felt in the Global South. Rising temperatures will strain healthcare systems and lead to economic losses. Floods, droughts, wildfires, sea-level rise, tropical storms, and heatwaves are identified as the main weather events contributing to negative health outcomes. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish climate and health offices are crucial in mitigating the health risks associated with climate change
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