- “Xi Says China Will Follow Its Own Carbon Reduction Path As US Climate Envoy Kerry Meets Top Officials In Beijing” • China will follow its own path to cut carbon emissions, leader Xi Jinping vowed, as US climate envoy John Kerry called for faster action to confront the climate crisis. China’s goals are a carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. [CNN]
- “C-Crete, A Cement-Free Concrete, Debuts In Seattle” • C-Crete Technologies has a new process that provides a sustainable alternative to Portland cement, emitting almost no CO₂ when it’s made, and it actually absorbs CO₂ from the air over time. It was used for the first time in a commercial building foundation in Seattle, C-Crete said. [CleanTechnica]
- “NTSB Investigation Of Pennsylvania Candy Factory Explosion Reveals Natural Gas Was Leaking From Two Service Lines” • An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into an explosion at a Pennsylvania candy factory that left seven dead in March revealed that natural gas was leaking from two service lines, a preliminary report says. [CNN]
- “US Heatwave Sees Hospitals Use Body-Bag Ice Treatment” • An unrelenting heatwave continues in much of the southern US, leaving more than 90 million Americans under a heat advisory. Phoenix saw 110°F (43°C) for the nineteenth straight day, setting a record. Officials said hospitals are using body bags filled with ice to cool down some overheated patients. [BBC]
- “Extreme Heat Drives Texas Power Demand To Yet Another Record” • Power demand in Texas is once again setting records as extreme heat drives homes and businesses to crank up the air conditioning, and the outlook for more searing temperatures means the state’s grid will continue to be tested. Power use set its ninth record in just three weeks. [Yahoo Finance]
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