- “Fire Lookouts: The US Forest Service Lookouts Watching For Fires” • As many of us struggled to adapt to home working and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, the few remaining fire lookouts of the US Forest Service often live and work for weeks at a time on their own, scouring the horizon for any hint of smoke from remote lookout towers. [BBC]
- “Extreme Heat Cooked Mussels, Clams And Other Shellfish Alive On Beaches In Western Canada” • The devastating heat wave that ravaged British Columbia last week is being blamed for a massive die-off of mussels, clams and other marine animals that live on the beaches of Western Canada. The animals were exposed to the heat at low tide. [CNN]
- “President Says No More Coal Power” • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has shot down the setting up of any coal power plants, saying he has vowed to shift Sri Lanka towards renewable energy and does not want to be a joke before the world. The decision puts a proposed 300-MW extension of the Norochcholai Lak Vijaya plant in jeopardy. [Sunday Times]
- “US Heatwave: California And Nevada Brace For Record-Breaking Temperatures” • Extreme heat is building in the West, with forecasts of record-breaking temperatures in California and Nevada. The new heatwave comes after the region experienced the hottest June on record. California’s Death Valley recorded a high of 54.4°C (130°F) on Friday. [BBC]
- “LIPA: Green Energy To Dominate LI Electric Grid By 2030” • According to a timeline released by the Long Island Power Authority for meeting state mandates to retire the region’s fossil-fuel power plants by 2040, nearly 70% of Long Island’s electricity will be generated by renewable sources including wind and solar energy by 2030. [Newsday]
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