National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, we will be watching scattered showers and storms across a good portion of the lower 48, but we currently aren’t expecting too many severe storms. This will be partly due to two frontal boundaries stretching from the central to the eastern United States.
Some of the heaviest rain through the end of the week will be from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic states, where some areas could see at least 3” of rain. Some heavier rainfall amounts are also expected in the Southwest due to monsoonal storms.
Scientists uncover ancient source of oxygen that could have fueled life on early Earth
More from LiveScience: “Powerful earthquakes that shook Earth some 3.8 billion years ago split open the planet’s crust and allowed chemical reactions to unfold deep within the fractured rock. These reactions, fueled by seismic activity, water and near-boiling temperatures, may have provided oxygen to some of the world’s earliest life forms, a new study suggests. This oxygen would have come packaged in the compound hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which contains two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms bound together, according to the study, published Monday (Aug. 8) in the journal Nature Communications(opens in new tab). Perhaps best known as an antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide can, of course, be toxic to living organisms, but it can still be a useful oxygen source once broken down by enzymes or by reactions that occur under high heat, Jon Telling, the study’s senior author and a senior lecturer in geochemistry and geomicrobiology at Newcastle University in the U.K., told Live Science.”
How the climate bill could save you money on electricity, cars and appliances
More from CNN: “Democrats’ new party-line tax and clean energy bill is a big deal for climate and energy savings. With nearly $370 billion for energy programs and tax incentives, it represents the largest climate investment in US history. In addition to the US emissions reductions these will bring, there’s a lot in the bill that could change both how Americans power their homes and what kinds of vehicles they drive. The bill contains a bevy of tax incentives aimed at pushing consumers, developers, small businesses and others towards clean energy and more efficient energy usage — helping bring down the cost of buying electric vehicles, heat pumps, water heaters, rooftop solar panels and more.”
Cooling centers are turning into next-gen “climate resilience hubs”
More from Axios: “As cities race to amp up their heat mitigation efforts, some are replacing bare-bones cooling centers with full-service “climate resilience hubs” — offering everything from comfy A/C and phone charging to social services and emergency training. Why it matters: While “resilience hubs” are meant for everyone and all kinds of climate disasters, they’re particularly aimed at low-income residents and people of color, who tend to suffer disproportionately as temperatures rise. The idea is to meld the heat-relief imperative with social justice.”
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