Current conditions: Millions of people on the West Coast are under flood watches as two atmospheric rivers are about to hit the region, bringing torrential rain but also the potential for critical snowpack replenishment. The Colombian president declared a national disaster as wildfires in mountains around Bogotá continue to rage. Forecasters in the United Kingdom warn of the possibility of tornadoes as 85 mile per hour winds hit the country.
THE FIVE BEST
1. FEMA will cover solar panels and other clean technologies after disasters
Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced new actions to help communities reduce emissions and become more energy independent after disasters. This initiative will assist local governments in paying for the installation of solar panels and energy-efficient appliances in public buildings such as hospitals, fire stations, and schools. These efforts aim to make communities more resilient while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate-related disasters.
2. A grim picture of Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”
A report from Human Rights Watch highlights how Louisiana’s lax regulations on its fossil fuel industries have led to devastating levels of cancer, birth defects, and respiratory illnesses in an area known as “Cancer Alley.” The failure of state and federal authorities to regulate the industry adequately has dire consequences for residents, raising concerns about human rights obligations.
3. More than 4 million lives lost due to climate change
An analysis published in Nature Medicine estimates that at least 4 million people have died from climate change since 2000. This figure is likely an underestimate, shedding light on the severity of climate-related fatalities that often go unaccounted for.
4. Truck manufacturers team up to create electric vehicle chargers
Three major heavy-duty truck makers in the United States have formed a coalition called Powering America’s Commercial Transportation to advocate for more charging stations for electric vehicles trucks. With only nine charging stations available nationwide for long-distance electric vehicles trucks, these companies seek government support to expand infrastructure for electric trucks.
5. Pandora is recycled
Pandora, the world’s largest jewelry store, has transitioned from using mined silver and gold to exclusively using recycled materials. This shift is expected to significantly reduce indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 58,000 metric tons annually.
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