National Weather Forecast
A system moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and storms from there to the Gulf Coast on Thursday. A trough will also bring storms across portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern Atlantic coasts. A system moving into British Columbia could bring a few showers to far northwestern Washington, but most of the rain will stay north of the Canadian border.
Rain through the end of the week will mainly be across the eastern half of the nation, with the potential of an inch or two for some locations.
Major U.S. science group lays out a path to smooth the energy transition
More from NPR: “It’s no big mystery: to slow down human-driven climate change, the U.S. and other countries need to cut carbon emissions fast and thoroughly. The Biden administration has set the goal of hitting ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. That means bringing most fossil fuel burning to a near halt by then. Major climate-focused laws passed in 2021 and 2022, like the Inflation Reduction Act, have put the country on a solid theoretical pathway toward hitting that goal, says a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)–but, it warns, the efforts are still nascent and fragile. The two dozen engineers, scientists, medical specialists, and policy experts who authored the report developed a series of recommendations for how to take that theoretical pathway into concrete actions.”
The case against the US government’s big ‘blue hydrogen’ bet
More from Canary Media: “Can a “clean hydrogen hub” spend hundreds of millions of dollars turning fossil gas into hydrogen and still be considered clean? That’s the question that environmental groups and community activists are asking about the $7 billion in federal funding set to flow to hydrogen hub projects across the country. The hubs are meant to kick-start U.S. production of low- and zero-carbon hydrogen, an alternative fuel that could replace planet-warming fossil fuels in industries from heavy transportation to steelmaking. Of the seven public-private consortiums selected to compete for this funding by the Biden administration on Friday, five plan significant investments in “blue hydrogen,” the practice of making hydrogen from fossil gas but capturing and storing the carbon emissions from the process. Today, almost all of the roughly 10 million metric tons of hydrogen produced in the U.S. per year is so-called “gray hydrogen,” which is made with fossil gas and no carbon capture, and used for refining as well as fertilizer and other chemicals production.”
World may have crossed solar power ‘tipping point’
More from the University of Exeter: “The world may have crossed a “tipping point” that will inevitably make solar power our main source of energy, new research suggests. The study, based on a data-driven model of technology and economics, finds that solar PV (photovoltaics) is likely to become the dominant power source before 2050 – even without support from more ambitious climate policies. However, it warns four “barriers” could hamper this: creation of stable power grids, financing solar in developing economies, capacity of supply chains, and political resistance from regions that lose jobs. The researchers say policies resolving these barriers may be more effective than price instruments such as carbon taxes in accelerating the clean energy transition.”
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