National Weather Forecast
On Monday, a slow-moving area of low pressure in the Great Lakes will bring showers and storms – some with heavy rain. Storms will be possible into the Eastern United States along and ahead of the cold front extending from that low-pressure area in the Great Lakes and due to a trough in the eastern U.S. Storms will also be possible in the western United States.
From Sunday through the evening on Tuesday the heaviest rain will fall in portions of the Great Lakes where that area of low pressure hangs out before finally moving away toward mid-week. In portions of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, 2-5” of rain could fall. Flood Watches are in place.
Climate change may make pandemics like COVID-19 much more common
More from ABC News: “The likelihood of an extreme epidemic, or one similar to COVID-19, will increase threefold in the coming decades, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers used data from epidemics from the past 400 years, specifically death rates, length of previous epidemics and the rate of new infectious diseases. Their calculation is a sophisticated prediction based on known risks and can be a useful guide for policy makers and public health officials. They also found that the probability of a person experiencing a pandemic like COVID-19 in one’s lifetime is around 38%. The researchers said this could double in years to come.”
Big Oil is spending big on climate spin
More from Protocol: “Surprise, surprise. Big Oil is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing and PR to promote a green image. A new report shows that image, though, is totally inconsistent with oil companies’ actual climate-related actions. The nonprofit InfluenceMap analyzed 3,421 pieces of public communications materials from BP, Shell, Chevron, Exxon and Total and found that 60% of them contained at least one “green” claim, while only 23% promoted oil and gas. Examples of green claims include companies promoting efforts to transition their energy mix to include more renewables as well as emissions reductions. Some materials even falsely promoted fossil fuels as green energy, calling liquefied methane gas “low carbon.” Yet as companies have increasingly presented themselves as holders of solutions to the climate crisis, InfluenceMap’s report published on Thursday shows their actions beg to differ.”
Demand for Electric Cars Is Threatening Chile’s Flamingos
More from Gizmodo: “The gorgeous pink flamingos that inhabit one of Chile’s most unique habitats are declining—and demand for electric cars may be partly to blame. In recent years, populations of the birds living in the salt flats of the Atacama Desert have been on the decline, as global demand for lithium drains the region’s water supply. Here’s how lithium mining is putting these birds at risk.”
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