National Weather Forecast
On Monday, an area of low pressure near the Northeast will continue to help produce heavy rain across the region. A frontal boundary from that low stretches back southwest to the southern United States, with showers and storms possible near the boundary as well. Another front in the Upper Midwest will bring at least some scattered storm chances.
Flooding rains will be possible Sunday through Tuesday across the Northeast, where some areas could see at least 3-5” of rainfall. Heavy rain will also be possible from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, where at least 3” could fall in spots.
Improving soil could keep world within 1.5C heating target, research suggests
More from The Guardian: “Marginal improvements to agricultural soils around the world would store enough carbon to keep the world within 1.5C of global heating, new research suggests. Farming techniques that improve long-term fertility and yields can also help to store more carbon in soils but are often ignored in favour of intensive techniques using large amounts of artificial fertiliser, much of it wasted, that can increase greenhouse gas emissions. Using better farming techniques to store 1% more carbon in about half of the world’s agricultural soils would be enough to absorb about 31 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide a year, according to new data. That amount is not far off the 32 gigatonnes gap between current planned emissions reduction globally per year and the amount of carbon that must be cut by 2030 to stay within 1.5C.”
June Extremes Suggest Parts of the Climate System Are Reaching Tipping Points
More from Inside Climate News: “June 2023 may be remembered as the start of a big change in the climate system, with many key global indicators flashing red warning lights amid signs that some systems are tipping toward a new state from which they may not recover. Earth’s critical reflective polar ice caps are at their lowest extent on record in the satellite era, with the sea ice around Antarctica at a record-low extent by far, spurring worried scientists to share dramatic charts of the missing ice repeatedly. In the Arctic, the month ended with the Greenland Ice Sheet experiencing one of the largest June melt events ever recorded, and with scientists reporting that June 2023 was the hottest June ever measured, breaking the 2019 record by a “staggering” 0.16 degrees Celsius.”
What would net-zero shipping look like?
More from the BBC: “At a UN summit, countries have agreed to curb shipping emissions to net zero “by or around 2050”. At the annual meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), countries agreed to cut emissions by 20% by 2030 and 70% by 2040, compared to 2008 levels, and 100% by or around 2050. Small island nations and richer countries had called for a 50% reduction by 2030 and 96% by 2040. … Shipping is a highly polluting industry, responsible for nearly 3% of global emissions and generating around 1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year – roughly the same amount as Germany’s carbon footprint. If it were a country, the shipping industry would be the sixth largest polluter in the world.”
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