Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Critical pieces of infrastructure may fail sooner in the coming decades, warns study Civil infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The floods of 2021 saw cities including London, Zhengzhou, and New York temporarily under water . The extreme temperatures of northern hemisphere summer 2022 have led to wildfires , power cuts , buckled rail lines , melting roads , and broken water mains . While here in the southern hemisphere, weeks of stormy winter weather have caused significant damage to roads , beaches , and homes . But our changing climate is also having a slower, less visible impact on infrastructure. It seems that increases in temperature and humidity are beginning to accelerate corrosion – the process by which strong, shiny metals turn into weak, crumbly metal oxides. Over time, water and oxygen work together to rip electrons away from the atoms of an exposed … [Read more...] about Crumbling Away: How Climate Change Could Accelerate Corrosion
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MANILA, Philippines — As a new international study urged people to start preparing for the possibility of a “climate endgame,” the Department of Education (DepEd) said it was eyeing a collaboration with experts to improve climate change education, particularly at the basic education level. “DepEd is one with the Climate Change Commission in strengthening climate literacy and supporting climate action in the basic education curriculum to hone learners and personnel who are climate literate and proactive in championing resilient and sustainable schools,” it said in a statement on Saturday. It noted that while key climate change concepts were already integrated into the K-12 curriculum, there was a need to “strengthen [their] presence…by refining learning competencies and standards, and monitoring learning delivery.” From kindergarten to junior high school, topics on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change action are included in subject areas like health, … [Read more...] about DepEd aims to boost‘ climate literacy’
Over the last week, Google has started its soft rollout of a newly designed Gmail —meaning it’s likely that your Gmail already looks a little different, or it will soon. advertisement advertisement Aside from the unmissable new font—Google Sans Text, which is inspired by basic geometries like circles—the biggest update is to its very left column. What was once a vertical mashup of your email directories, Chat, Spaces, and Meet, is now an app switcher. You can tap on any of these icons, but instead of getting a bit larger in that left pane, they’ll now take over your whole window. It means you can do much the same non-email-related things in Gmail that you could before, albeit with a more expansive view. (Read: Google wants you using its apps other than Gmail.) new Material You design language , Gmail’s drop shadows are gone, with new curves and buttons that remind me of the tabs inside an organizational binder. First launched in 2021, Material … [Read more...] about There’s a new Gmail. But can it ever really change?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Summer 2022 continues to burn through the record books–Boston broke a daily record high set in 1928 Thursday—and here’s a real-time tracker of the most noteworthy, daily record-breaking high temperatures in major U.S. cities so far, according to data from the National Weather Service. Timeline June 10 Phoenix reaches 113 degrees (daily record high). June 14 Chicago hits 100 degrees, breaking a daily record set on the same day in 1987. June 15 Atlanta hits 99 (daily record high). June 21 Oakland hits 98 degrees (breaks 1954 daily record high by seven degrees). June 21 San Francisco hits 98 degrees (daily record high). June 22 Louisville reached 100 degrees (daily record high). July 8 Memphis records 103 degrees (daily record high). July 9 Dallas breaks the almost 70-year-old record when it reaches 107 degrees. July 9 Salt Lake City … [Read more...] about Historically Hot: Boston Breaks 1928 Daily Record High – These Are The Key Record-Breaking Temperatures For Summer 2022
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin If you are the parent of a teenager (or perhaps a pre-teen) then you probably understand what is forthcoming in this essay. I have a fifteen-year-old son who wears long-sleeved hoodies in the middle of this hot Georgia summer. I recently tweeted about this on my Twitter page, and many people cathartically chimed in. I am the former president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a climate scientist. I know a little bit about heat so this observation has nagged at me for awhile. I decided to use my curiosity and scientific training to explore whether there is any science grounding behind why teens wear hoodies in summertime heat. For context, the climate is warming, and summers are likely becoming hotter. I wrote a piece in Forbes detailing how temperature distributions have shifted. Extreme heat values from a few decades ago are increasingly “normal” today. Parts of Europe experienced “1st of its kind in the … [Read more...] about Is There Science Behind Why Teens Wear Hoodies In Summer Heat?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Cities across the Northeast U.S. are projected to either meet or break daily high-temperature records Thursday as a vicious heat wave engulfs the region and puts millions of people under heat advisories. Key Facts Boston hit 97 degrees on Thursday, breaking the heat record from 1928, when a temperature of 96 degrees was recorded in the city. Philadelphia ’s forecasted high for Thursday is 98 degrees, which would tie the daily record set in 1995. Hartford , Connecticut, could get as hot as 101 degrees, which would break the daily record-high temperature of 96 degrees set in 1944. If Albany , New York, hits 97 degrees as projected, it will be a single degree short of the daily record set in 1955. Newark, New Jersey, is also projected to reach up to 99 degrees , approaching the 1993 record of 100 degrees. Big Number 73 million. That’s how many Americans are under … [Read more...] about These U.S. Cities Could See Record-Breaking Temperatures As A Heat Wave Hits The Northeast
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The head of England’s River Thames dried up Thursday for the first time ever as record heat and droughts take their toll on major rivers and bodies of water around the world. Key Facts The source of the Thames moved more than two miles downstream, The Guardian reported , as portions of England’s iconic river dried, following an extreme July heat wave that set record highs across Europe. Water levels in Italy’s Po River, meanwhile, hit a record low in the wake of the country’s worst drought in 70 years, accelerated by abnormally high temperatures, as Italy’s government declared a state of emergency in what former Prime Minister Mario Draghi called the “most serious water crisis” in seven decades. In the United States, scientists in Albuquerque rushed to save minnows as the northern stretch of the Rio Grande was reduced into a shallow stream, the Associated Press reported . … [Read more...] about Start Of England’s River Thames Dries Up For First Time—Latest Iconic Waterway Hit By Droughts And Heat Waves
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Here’s the thing with major problems. If you don’t take them seriously enough, they get worse. And worse and worse and worse. On Thursday, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released the 16th annual “State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” report , and surprise, surprise, the obesity epidemic in America has gotten worse. Just take a look at how many states had adult obesity rates of at least 35% in 2018, based on the report: nine. That’s Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia. That’s two more states compared to the seven that equaled or exceeded the 35% level in 2017. Oh, and back in 2012, the year the very first Avengers movie came out, not a single state had adult obesity rates that exceeded 35%. These numbers came from TFAH’s analysis of data from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor … [Read more...] about Obesity Epidemic Getting Worse, What Happens When You Don’t Do Enough
A vegetable farmer in Benguet (File photon by EV ESPIRITU / Inquirer Northern Luzon) MANILA, Philippines — Farmer and fisherfolk party-list Rep. Wilbert Lee has filed a bill seeking to make crop insurance mandatory to ensure that farmers would be compensated for their losses due to disasters and calamities. In filing House Bill No. 1298, or the proposed Essential Crop Insurance Act of 2022, the Agri party-list representative said, “It behooves Congress to enact laws that will increase our country’s resilience against the effects of climate change.” According to Lee, his proposed measure, which would amend the charter of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., looks into “protecting our farmers of essential crops. Foremost among these is rice, which is the singular, most important crop in our country not only in terms of consumption , but also its share in our national economy in terms of livelihood it provides to our countrymen.” He included corn, cassava, coconut, sugarcane, and … [Read more...] about Bill seeking mandatory insurance of crops filed
It is disturbing that one of the priorities of the new administration is the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and National Service Training Program (NSTP). It rationalizes that the intention is to train the young for national defense, including disaster preparedness. Loving our country and defending its sovereignty are both necessary and important. But is it not better to prepare our young for peacebuilding than conditioning them to warlike preparations via military methods? The best defense we can secure for our country is to have healthy people: well-fed, well-housed, and well-educated. We must build a society where the dignity of work has a place in every heart of the populace, and where a living wage is provided to all workers. If people are provided with social and basic services, they will pay these services back to our country and people. Prepare our youth to love justice, do mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). The state should provide opportunities … [Read more...] about Prepare our youth for peacebuilding, the best defense our country could have