Wallace Broecker, one of the first scientists to declare that polluting human actions caused climate change died recently. In 1975, Broecker embraced the term "global warming" in a publication for Science, where he showed that high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the use of fossil fuels increase the Earth's temperature. Puerto Rico is vulnerable to global warming, associated with extreme droughts and intense hurricanes in the Caribbean region. This is one of the findings described by the local and international scientists in the Caribbean chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). Almost 50 years after Broecker warned about the need to mitigate global warming, climate change is not a topic that is given sufficient priority in the political scene in Puerto Rico. This must change.
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Global warming is no longer a problem of the future, is already part of our everyday lives. A month ago, NASA released a report that found the average temperature of the Earth's surface in 2018 was the fourth hottest in 140 years of records.
The work of the community-based organization Casa Pueblo in favor of renewable energy and energy independence have led them to become the face of Google's Project Sunroof, a tool created to calculate the potetial of solar roofs around the world.
Casa Pueblo, a grassroots and community-based organization in Adjuntas has developed an initiative called "50% con Sol", which aims for half of the energy produced in Puerto Rico to be sourced from the sun by 2027.
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Professors and researchers of electric power systems and power electronics presented their collective and personal vision of a sustainable energy future for Puerto Rico; hoping this strongly supported input would steer the decision-making process. The proposal includes distributed rooftop photovoltaic systems, solar communities, and microgrids, combined with effective demand response programs and energy storage, to transform the electric infrastructure in Puerto Rico.
Varios profesores del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez se destacan entre los expertos que abogan por la inclusión de recursos renovables como medida para reducir el impacto ambiental y la dependencia de los combustibles fósiles.
Now more than ever, with the economic crisis, it is important to look towards the future and develop projects that contribute to the sustainable development of Puerto Rico. For this reason, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the organization Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA) established an alliance to offer young individuals the opportunity to kick-off and implement renewable energy projects.
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