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June 30, 2021

Dear Reader,

The climate emergency became more glaringly obvious in the U.S. this week as unprecedented and brutal heat afflicted the Pacific Northwest. A majority of homes in that region lack air conditioning. Read more about this weather event's impact on human health and electrical utilities, as well as its causes, in Anne C. Mulkern's coverage below.

Robin Lloyd


Unprecedented Heat Wave in Pacific Northwest Driven by Climate Change

Pacific Ocean cyclones are pumping up the high pressure system roasting the region

By Anne C. Mulkern,E&E News


Rare Mantle Rocks in Oman Could Sequester Massive Amounts of CO2

Tests are underway to pull carbon from the air and turn it into minerals belowground

By Douglas Fox

Natural Disasters

Extremely Dry U.S. West Is Ripe for Wildfires

Moisture measured in trees, shrubs and grasses is lowest since records began in the 1970s

By Thomas Frank,E&E News


Stay or Go? Climate Disaster Victims Face Wrenching Decision

Experts also say low-income people, communities of color and Indigenous peoples have fewer options

By Daniel Cusick,E&E News


California May Buy Up Beach Houses Threatened by Sea-Level Rise

Municipalities would then rent the homes until they are doomed

By Anne C. Mulkern,E&E News


How to Prevent Air Conditioners from Heating the Planet

Manufacturers are competing to minimize power consumption and refrigerants as the machines multiply

By Emily Underwood,Anthropocene Magazine

The Science of Climate Change

As evidence for human interference in the Earth’s climate continues to accumulate, scientists have gained a better understanding of when, where and how the impacts of global warming are being felt. In this eBook, we examine those impacts on the planet, on human society and on the plant and animal kingdoms, as well as effective mitigation strategies including resourceful urban design and smart carbon policies.

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"Our infrastructure is not built for this."

Professor Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute



Fans May Be Okay for Muggy Days--but Avoid Them in Extreme Dry Heat

New research contradicts conventional wisdom on fan use during heat waves


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