Spring seems to finally be here! The birds are chirping, the bees are humming, and depending on who you ask, the pollen is floating in the air like a thick fog of misery. Allergy season is in full swing in the Southeast and if your town looks anything like my back yard in Charleston, you [...]
“Forward on Climate” rally, expected to draw 20,000 Americans, will be largest climate rally ever. UPDATE: 35,000-40,000 participated–it was an exciting and inspiring day! Look for follow-up post soon. On Sunday, February 17, fifty-six people of all ages from North Florida will be in Washington, D.C. to join a massive rally calling on President [...]
This Sunday, February 17, will see the largest climate rally in history. More than 20,000 participants are expected to gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to send a strong message to President Obama that urgent action to address climate change is necessary. Dubbed the Forward on Climate rally, the event has come from [...]
This post was coauthored by SACE Policy & Communications Director, Jennifer Rennicks. The draft of the newest National Climate Assessment (NCA) report was officially made available today, and the findings for this third climate assessment aren’t comforting: Climate change is already affecting the American people. Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or [...]
November 30–the day that many of us in the coastal Southeast can breathe a sigh of relief that hurricane season finally “officially” ends. Many of us can give thanks that we came through yet another hurricane season without too much damage, while others of us may still be recovering from impacts from one of the [...]
About 3,500 megawatts of wind turbine capacity was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. As we wrote on October 26th, it wasn’t expected that Hurricane Sandy would cause much damage to wind turbines. Based on the experience from another Category 1 hurricane (Irene) that struck the Mid-Atlantic last year, the turbines in the region proved that they are built to withstand hurricane-force winds.
Thus far, it appears that no wind turbines suffered catastrophic failure because of Sandy.
This blog is the third in a series of blogs examining the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and its connections to extreme weather and climate change. Other blogs can be read here. Once again extreme weather and its devastating impacts are dominating the headlines. Following the march of destruction, the tragic loss of human life and [...]
This blog is the second in a series of blogs examining the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and its connections to extreme weather and climate change. Other blogs can be read here. It is 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours since the ‘Frankenstorm’ Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the coast of New Jersey. As [...]
But here’s the good news – Hurricane Sandy is unlikely to do any major damage to wind turbines. Currently, Sandy is expected to hit the coast as a low-level Category 1 storm with winds around 80 miles per hour. Modern wind turbines are designed to protect themselves in extreme weather – including shutting down when winds get too high, even up to a Category 3 hurricane. And that’s exactly what the turbines in Delaware and New Jersey did with Hurricane Irene last year.
This is a guest post by Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy for Union of Concerned Scientists, originally published on the UCS blog, The Equation, on October 11, 2012. Even as all too many politicians continue to question the very existence of human-induced climate change, cities and counties in Florida and other coastal states are already struggling [...]