Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

It's 75 degrees in Poplarville today. Here's the news—

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Theta Forms as Season’s 29th Named Storm, Breaking a Record

Maria Cramer, New York Times (Tweet)

In terms of the intensity, duration and frequency of storms, 2020 does not match the record set in 2005, when eight hurricanes were classified as Category 3 or higher. Hurricane Laura, which hit the southwest corner of the state in September with 150-mile-per-hour winds, was one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall in Louisiana.

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5 Things We Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes

Veronica Penney, New York Times (Tweet)

Researchers can’t say for sure whether human-caused climate change will mean longer or more active hurricane seasons in the future, but there is broad agreement on one thing: Global warming is changing storms. In a 2017 paper based on climate and hurricane models, Dr. Emanuel found that storms that intensify rapidly — the ones that increase their wind speed by 70 miles per hour or more in the 24 hours before landfall — were rare in the period from 1976 through 2005.

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Hotels Lag in Energy Sustainability. One Project May Change That.

Lisa Prevost, New York Times (Tweet)

Some large hotel brands and owners have set companywide greenhouse gas reduction goals, but much of the industry has failed to take advantage of measures that could save energy and reduce operating costs, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance. For the hotel project, solar canopies over the parking lot and rooftop solar panels will supply all of the building’s electricity, Mr. Becker said.

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The Weekly Planet: 5 Ways to Think About Biden and Climate Change

Robinson Meyer, Atlantic (Tweet)

President Donald Trump’s policies accelerated global warming; his officials boxed out climate experts at nearly every opportunity; and he personally seemed to revel in making climate change worse. Biden, meanwhile, has identified climate change as one of the four great crises America faces.

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Renewable Power Grows Strongly, Despite the Pandemic

Stanley Reed, New York Times (Tweet)

Consumption of electricity generated by wind, solar and hydroelectric sources will grow nearly 7 percent in 2020, a remarkable jump because overall energy demand will slump by 5 percent, the steepest drop since World War II, the Paris-based forecasting group said in a report published on Tuesday. In an indication of the new energy landscape that is taking shape, the London-based oil giant BP said on Tuesday that it had reached a preliminary agreement with Orsted, a Danish company that is the world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms, to build a large pilot plant for generating emissions-free hydrogen.