NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 8: Hottest-Ever Earth In Cold Winter; Strengths And Weaknesses Of Solar; New York Steps Up To New Energy


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    Monday, January 08, 2018

    QUICK NEWS, January 8: Hottest-Ever Earth In Cold Winter; Strengths And Weaknesses Of Solar; New York Steps Up To New Energy

    Hottest-Ever Earth In Cold Winter 2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016: report

    Alister Doyle, January 4, 2018 (Reuters)

    “…[2017] was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016, with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice…[T]emperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58.46 Fahrenheit) at the Earth’s surface - 1.2C (2.2F) above pre-industrial times…[16 of the 17 warmest years in recorded history have been in the 21st century and there is overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made emissions are stoking the warming trend, according to the just-released Copernicus study, which] is in line with a projection by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in November…In 2016, an extra dose of heat came from El Nino, a natural event that releases heat from the Pacific Ocean every few years…But last year was the hottest year without an El Nino…[January 2018 analysis] showed temperatures in the eastern United States, Greenland and parts of central Asia were indeed colder than usual, while most of the rest of the world was warmer…” click here for more

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    Strengths And Weaknesses Of Solar Why we should invest in solar energy

    January 7, 2018 (The Nation)

    “Everything has its advantages and disadvantages…There are many solar power advantages worth noting…[It] helps to slow/stop global warming…[and] saves society billions or trillions of dollars…[It improved energy reliability because it is predictable and it improves energy security because] no one can go and buy the sun or turn sunlight into a monopoly…[Buying a solar system improves energy independence because the sun is] an essentially independent source of electricity…[for individuals,] cities, counties, states, countries, and even companies…[It] is a job-creating powerhouse. Money invested in solar power creates two to three times more jobs than money invested in coal or natural gas…[The only real] disadvantage is that the sun does not shine 24 hours a day…[but batteries can] store electricity produced by solar panels for use sometime later…[W]ith storage, solar power could theoretically supply the world with all of its electricity needs…” click here for more

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    New York Steps Up To New Energy Cuomo Pledges Big Gains for Renewable Energy

    January 5, 2018 (Public News Service)

    “…In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, he laid the groundwork for major investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, community solar, and called] for 800 megawatts of offshore wind power in both 2018 and 2019 - enough to power 400,000 homes…The governor also proposed strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to cover smaller electric-generating facilities and closing all coal-fired power plants in the state…New York's Clean Energy Standard calls for getting 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030…[The governor said] the state will work to make sure that everyone can benefit from the advantages of renewable energy…” click here for more

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