Climate in The News: Tensions are High, but The Stakes are Higher
1) The Yemen Ceasefire, Crisis, and Ongoing Conflict
Click here to access the BBC's latest on Saudi Arabia's violations to Yemen's ceasefire.
2) Increasing Water Scarcity in the Middle East Poses Serious National Security Concerns
Check out the Foreign Policy Journal's latest take on the Middle East's relations with North Africa in the midst of water scarcity.
Reuters reports that a conservative nonprofit group lobbying for Republicans to support clean energy policy will spend more than $1 million over the next few weeks to back 10 members of Congress running in the Nov. 8 elections. They hope to attract key swing voters - aka, millennials. Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) is backing Republican House and Senate candidates who favor clean energy, even as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump mocks wind energy and calls climate change a hoax.
Sustainable Directions' Sarah Bertin and Savannah Miller got the chance to watch a special screening of the film and were captivated. And yes, we may absolutely live for these issues, but we both swear that this is a film for anyone - those who know, those who want to know, and those who may not yet care. Leonardo and his diverse team of leading scientists, politicians (i.e. President Obama), thought leaders (i.e. the Pope), and friends explain climate in a refreshing way that anyone can grasp. We can't wait to hear your thoughts!
ConEdison Solutions, a unit of Consolidated Edison Inc., agreed to develop a 5.3-megawatt solar rooftop and carport system for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The $16 million project will save the university $6.2 million in utility bills over a 20-year power-purchase agreement, the unit of New York-based ConEd said in a statement Thursday. College divestment groups, meet grassroots action 2.0. And, according to a ConEdison press release, the project will require no up-front costs to the university. ConEdison Solutions will sells the electricity to the university at a rate below the current market price. The solar arrays will save the university $89,000 on electricity in the first year, andUMass Amherst projects these savings to grow to an average $310,000 per year.