National Weather Forecast
We’re tracking two systems across the lower 48 on Saturday. The lead system is an area of low pressure in the Great Lakes with a cold front extending to the Gulf Coast, bringing showers and thunderstorms. Some snow may mix in on the back side in the Upper Midwest. A second system in the Northwest will produce the potential of both heavy rain and heavy snow.
The system in the central/eastern United States could produce some areas of 3”+ of rain in the Mississippi Valley and Plains, with maybe an inch or two of snow on the back side of it. Meanwhile, the system in the Northwest will produce at least 3-5” of rain in coastal areas from northwest California to Washington, with feet of snow in the mountains.
These glaciers are on track to disappear within the next 30 years, new report shows
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Report: 90% of all U.S. coal plants are contaminating groundwater
More from Grist: “More than 90 percent of the country’s coal plants are contaminating water across 43 states, according to a new report. And nearly half of them have no plans to clean up the mess. The study, released on Thursday by the environmental watchdogs Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project, looked at 292 sites around the country, from the desert outside Las Vegas to the coast of Massachusetts. The researchers focused specifically on coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce power.”
White House releases net-zero road map
More from E&E News: “The White House announced a new initiative this morning to help reach net-zero emissions and promised to direct research and billions in federal dollars toward 37 “game-changing” energy technologies. The Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative, as it’s known, is led by a working group of 17 agencies, chaired by President Joe Biden’s climate advisers. The administration also released a new road map identifying five initial key areas for energy research and development to reach net zero by 2050: power grids, aviation, fusion energy, efficient buildings and net-zero fuels and industrial products. Ramping up federal work in those five areas could yield climate jobs and environmental justice benefits and improve the country’s energy security, according to the administration.”
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