The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
These photos tell you everything you need to know about California’s drought
Just this week, a major Southern California water agency declared a water supply alert for the first time in seven years, and is asking residents to voluntarily conserve. Many of the state’s counties are already under a state of drought emergency.
Texas regulators want to prepare the state’s electricity grid for extreme weather. But that’s a moving target in a warming world.
The state plans to use past weather data to craft rules for power plant upgrades. Scientists warn that the accelerating effects of climate change make relying on old data alone insufficient.
Time to say goodbye to those sweatpants: If you’re going back to work IRL and not sure what to wear, start here
Maybe you’re preparing to return to in-person work. Perhaps you came back to the office months ago. Or maybe you’ll be doing some combination of remote employment and in-office days, balancing Zoom calls from your living room with physical appearances.
New infrastructure deal must focus on climate, activists say
Climate activists and their Democratic allies in Congress are pressing with renewed urgency for huge investments to slow global warming, after a bipartisan infrastructure plan cut out some of President Joe Biden’s key climate initiatives. Supporters say a larger, Democratic-only package now being developed in Congress must meet Biden’s promise to move the country toward carbon-free electricity, make America a global leader in electric vehicles and create millions of jobs in solar, wind and other clean- energy industries. On the other hand, a less costly bill that does not fully address climate change risks losing support from large numbers of liberal Democrats who have pledged action on an issue that Biden has called “the existential crisis of our times.”news.yahoo.com
NBC Nightly News comes to Houston to kick off network’s week-long series “Climate Challenge”
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt is starting the week in Houston as part of the network’s week-long special coverage on the state of the climate crisis. The network-wide series “Climate Challenge” will include exclusive reporting on TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, and NBCNews.com.
Some Houston-area neighborhoods are hotter than others, report says: Here’s why that’s possible
HOUSTON – Houston can get really hot but how hot, exactly? Data collected by the Houston Harris Heat Action Team (H3AT) suggests that there is a significant difference in temperatures in neighborhoods across the Bayou City. According to the EPA, heat islands are urbanized areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas. Urban areas, where these structures are highly concentrated and greenery is limited, become “islands” of higher temperatures relative to outlying areas. Daytime temperatures in urban areas are about 1–7°F higher than temperatures in outlying areas and nighttime temperatures are about 2-5°F higher.
New research predicts Houston will have longer, hotter summers, more intense hurricanes
HOUSTON – The Climate Impact Assessment for the City of Houston was released Monday, which includes its forecast for Houston’s long-term climate. The assessment focuses on temperature and precipitation in Greater Houston and was spearheaded by Texas Tech Climate Center’s Amy Stoner and Katharine Hayhoe for the city of Houston. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)“(Houstonians could see the) average high going from 99 degrees to 106 or 109 degrees,” Cottingham said. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)Cottingham said the forecast has important implications for future planning in regards to the city’s infrastructure, energy and water resources, public services and health and welfare. You can find more information on the city of Houston’s climate action website.
Houston Climate Week promotes city’s climate action plan, commemorates Hurricane Harvey anniversary
HOUSTON – Houston’s Office of Sustainability is hosting a virtual Houston Climate Week, according to a release. The event will commemorate of the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey and officially kickoff the implementation phase of the recently-released Houston Climate Action Plan. The Houston Climate Action Plan is a science-based, community-driven strategy for Houston to reduce greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead a global energy transition, according to a release. “After COVID-19 cancelled our plans for an in-person Climate Action Plan launch in April, the idea of a virtual Houston Climate Week was born,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. Monday, August 2411 a.m. - Opening Session: Making Houston the Renewable Energy Capital of the World1 p.m. - Houston Climate Impact Assessment: What Does the Future Hold for Houston?
New species of beetle named in honor of Greta Thunberg
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Fridays For Future Denver Climate Strike on Oct. 11, 2019, at Civic Center Park in Denver. (CNN) - Climate activist Greta Thunberg is being honored in a very small way. "I'm really a great fan of Greta," Michael Darby, a scientific associate at the museum who named the new beetle, said in the statement. "I suspect that this could very well be the first time a species has been named after Greta. I don't know of any other beetle named after her, that's for sure," Darby said.
Climate activists paint murals on San Francisco streets
(CNN) - Climate activists took to the streets in San Francisco and painted murals directly on two blocks of the city Financial District's main thoroughfare. The murals on Montgomery Street were painted as part of the Strike for Climate Justice protest that took place on Wednesday. The murals in San Francisco represent "a part of the vision we have for an immediate transition to the resilient, sustainable, and safe world necessary for survival," according to the group's Facebook page. One of the murals was a labyrinth. We offer the labyrinth as a tool for climate resiliency and courage."
Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic in zero-emissions yacht
(CNN) - Climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. Setting off mid-August from an undisclosed location in the UK, Thunberg and the crew of the Malizia II yacht will sail to New York City, where the summit will take place at UN headquarters, according to a tweet from Thunberg. Thunberg looked into the most environmentally friendly way to get to New York before settling on the Malizia II. "Greta is amazingly courageous to be standing up against ignorance and injustice regarding the climate crisis," said Herrmann. "I feel humbled that Greta accepted our offer as the lowest-carbon option to cross the Atlantic -- despite the lack of comfort for her."