- “The Saharan Air Layer: What Is It? Why Does NOAA Track It?” • The Saharan Air Layer can act to suppress hurricane formation and intensification. Thanks to recent advancements in satellite technology, we can better monitor and understand it, from its formation over Africa, to its effects on weather along the US Gulf coast and Florida. [CleanTechnica]
- “Dozens Dead As Heatwave Shatters Records” • Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records. On Tuesday, Canada recorded its highest ever temperature for a third straight day – 49.5°C (121°F) in Lytton, British Columbia. Before this week, the country had never passed 45°C (113°F). [BBC]
- “The California Blackout That Wasn’t” • People pay a lot of attention when the power goes out, but we tend to not notice when the grid stays stable, even under trying conditions. Recent record heat led the California grid operator to call on residents to reduce power use. But the grid did not go down, as batteries and demand response did their work. [CleanTechnica]
- “China Is Facing Its Worst Power Shortage In A Decade. That’s A Problem For The Whole World” • China is in the middle of a huge power crunch. Extreme weather, surging energy demands, and strict limits on the use of coal are delivering a triple blow to the nation’s electric power grid. It is a problem that could last for months and affect the world economy. [CNN]
- “Wind And Solar Electricity Free Up Needed Utah Water” • Governor Spencer Cox is pleading for water conservation as the state faces what some call a worst-in-a-lifetime drought. Sadly, climate scientists say it is a preview of things to come. Coal and natural gas use a lot of water to generate electricity. Solar PVs and windpower do not. [Utah Policy]
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