National Weather Forecast
On Saturday, a system off the Southeast coast will still produce heavy rain for the region as well as coastal flooding – definitely not a good beach weather weekend along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas due to that low. A system in the Pacific Northwest will produce rain and higher elevation snow. A few showers will be possible in the northern Great Lakes as well.
That area of low pressure off the Southeast coast is producing heavy rain across portions of northern Florida and the eastern Carolinas to end the week into the weekend, with the potential of at least 3-5” of rain for some through 7 PM Sunday. We’re also watching some heavier rain in the Pacific Northwest and several inches of snow at higher elevations (especially in the Cascades).
Countries pledge to quit coal — but the U.S., China and India are missing
More from CNBC: “Twenty-eight countries have joined an international alliance dedicated to phasing out coal, but the world’s biggest polluters are not among them. The new members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), which include Ukraine, Poland and Singapore, bring the total number of national governments involved to 48. Coal, which fuels more than a third of the energy consumed worldwide, is the single biggest contributor to climate change.However, China, India and the United States, the three biggest burners of coal worldwide, have not signed up to the PPCA. Other major users and producers of coal, such as Australia and Japan, have also not joined the group.”
1.8°C IN SIGHT? Only If Everyone Keeps Their Promises
More from The Energy Mix: “Three days of triumphant funding and program announcements collided with deepening alarm and mistrust from veteran climate policy analysts on Thursday, as a media panel organized by Climate Action Network-International picked apart the optimistic narrative that emerged in the opening segments of this year’s United Nations climate change conference, COP 26, in Glasgow. The tone on the late morning panel was in marked contrast to an appearance hours later by Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, at a high-profile event hosted by the Powering Past Coal Alliance. “We all followed the discussions, and there was a lot of pessimism, skepticism, about whether or not this COP would deliver anything at all,” Birol said. (He might have noted that some of that pessimism came from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who as head of government of the host country would normally be expected to be twisting arms for the best possible outcome rather than declaring defeat before the conference had begun.)”
How schools are combatting climate change, from green schoolyards to solar power
More from ABC News: “At Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, students can check out a digital energy dashboard to track in real time how much power the school is producing with the help of more than 1,700 rooftop solar panels. Essentially, the amount generated is equal to the annual energy use of the building, making it one of the largest net-zero energy schools in the United States. Building on the success of Discovery, which debuted in 2015, the Arlington School District opened a second net-zero elementary school, Alice West Fleet, four years later. This school year saw the addition of Cardinal Elementary School, which is poised to be the district’s third net-zero energy school, once the building is officially verified, Cathy Lin, director of facilities for the school district, told ABC News.”
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