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Earth is running out of time, literally.

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How long until it's too late to save Earth from climate disaster? A New York City clock is now counting down the time remaining before our CO2 budget is gone

“Metronome" is a mixed-media work that covers a 10-story-high area on the north wall of One Union Square South, a residential high rise in Manhattan. Now, instead of measuring 24-hour cycles, Metronome’s digital clock has adopted a new ecologically and time sensitive mission.

Last weekend, the clock flashed a new message - “The Earth has a deadline” - with the numbers 7:103:15:40:07, which represent the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds until that deadline expires. 

Artists, Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, felt the "Climate Clock" would have the most impact as a public illustration demonstrating the urgency of combating climate change before the effects become irreversible displayed in a conspicuous space and presented like a statue or an artwork.  

The "Climate Clock" is based on calculations by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin. 

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The MCC is a scientific think tank. In their report issued in 2018 they said global warming was likely to reach 1.5°C over preindustrial levels between 2030 and 2052 if it continues at the current rateThat level of warming is projected to increase damage to many ecosystems and cause an estimated $54 trillion in damage. 

The website also tracks the growing percentage of the world’s energy supplied from renewable sources. 

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Credit...Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

“You can’t argue with science,” Mr. Boyd said. “You just have to reckon with it. This is arguably the most important number in the world. And a monument is often how a society shows what’s important, what it elevates, what is at center stage."

The climate clock is a profound reminder for the world just how perilously close we are to the brink and one of the many initiatives encouraging everyone to join in the fight for the future of our planet. 

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What if we installed solar panels on every suitable roof in the United States? How much electricity would they generate?

Estimate shows rooftop solar could produce almost 40% of our electricity

Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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