The sunny side of the earth’s warmest month

It was so common that he could easily have escaped. On average, July 2021 was the hottest month on earth.

That month has been extended beyond that of the previous three-way link for 2016, 2019 and 2020 for that suspicious statistic. A.D. It is expected to be completed as one of the 10 hottest years in 2021. It is also expected that this year’s record will be covered in a few years. This is how it is to live on a tropical planet.

The news is bad, but there is still hope.

The summer sun is using it more than ever. Solar production in the United States is at its peak during the hot summer months, and July is at its peak. Each year, we add more solar panels, increasing the ability to convert photons into electrons. According to the US Energy Information Administration, solar energy has increased fivefold since 2014. Expect more solar power regularly coming online, and in the last few decades, expect a new record for solar power next winter and beyond.

Even record-setting solar power doesn’t bring the wind. While wind production is at an all-time low in the spring and August, the United States deploys more wind turbines, twice as much as in the summer. Generations will rise in the future with more consistent harvest and winter winds. And like the sun, new wind turbines are coming online all over the county, generation costs are declining. My meteorological friends advise the energy sector by looking at critical wind speed forecasts – whether in Texas, the plains or the Midwest.

For those who are concerned about the main limitations of these proven technologies: We can’t turn on the wind or the sun every time we need more energy: Utility battery storage is also coming online fast, new storage innovations are already taking shape.

Seeds planted with these new technologies begin to grow elsewhere in windy plains and in the sunny southwest. Coastal winds are now becoming more practical. Dominican Energy, for example, plans to install 180 turbines from the Virginia Caps in the Middle Atlantic. Although it has a capacity of 600,000 homes, this project and similar turbines are far from the coast and may not be noticed.

But we still have a long way to go.

To stabilize the climate, the United States must achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, by removing as much carbon from the atmosphere as we can. While further innovation is needed, many studies (including net-zero US project modeling) indicate that we have the technology we need to reach zero. The challenge is to develop that technology. These studies suggest that wind and solar construction will have permanent jobs in the production and maintenance of this new energy infrastructure, particularly in Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the South.

There is no magic bullet, but innovations in renewable energy are bearing fruit, giving us the ability to generate energy in our lifetimes and apply brakes on our accelerometers.

As a country, we have made such major infrastructure changes in the past. In less than a century, we have brought electricity to rural communities, and over the past 20 years, mobile phones have moved from innovation to necessity. Paying attention to these renewable energy records – and blowing them up next summer – could play a key role in reducing global warming next summer. Follow. It must be a scene.

Sen. Sublet is a meteorologist at the climate center where he works Climate Affairs Program. Sublet was previously an assistant professor at Lynchberg College and served on the American Meteorological Society’s Special Science Journalism Award Committee.

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