National Weather Forecast

On Sunday, we’ll be watching two areas of low pressure – one in the Upper Midwest moving to the Great Lakes, and a second in the Northeast slowly moving out of the lower 48 – which will bring showers and storm chances across the eastern half of the United States. A few storms will be possible in the Northern Rockies. Meanwhile, heat will be expanding across the Southern Plains, with numerous areas reaching 100s.

Heavy rain will continue to fall across portions of the Upper Midwest through the weekend, with some areas receiving over 3” of rain. Heavier rain will also fall in the Northeast and southern Florida.


3M makes $10.5B settlement in ‘forever chemical’ cases involving drinking water

More from the Star Tribune: “3M on Thursday announced a $10 billion-plus national settlement of “forever chemical” lawsuits involving drinking water, a significant step in reducing a litigation overload that has punished the company’s stock. The agreement, which requires court approval, is by far the largest settlement 3M has made over its PFAS chemicals — and one of the largest mass tort settlements in recent U.S. history. Previously, the largest 3M settlement was an $850 million agreement in 2018 to settle PFAS water pollution claims in Minnesota. Under the settlement announced Thursday, 3M will pay $10.5 billion to $12.5 billion from 2024 through 2036, according to a company filing with U.S. securities regulators. The company expects to record a $10.3 billion charge to its profits during the second quarter to recognize the settlement.

Gas stoves are even worse for our health than previously known, new study finds

More from Yale Climate Connections: “Within the past few years, scientists have found that gas stoves are a major source of air pollution within homes, responsible for almost 13% of all childhood asthma in the United States. But a new study from Stanford’s Doerr School of Sustainability and PSE Healthy Energy, a nonprofit research institute, warns that these appliances are even worse for our health than previously believed. “This study presents data that is deeply troubling to anyone concerned about the health of their families in their homes,” Gaurab Basu, a primary care physician and the director of education and policy at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, wrote in an email. Basu was not involved in the study. The research, which was published on June 15 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first to focus on the relationship between gas stoves and benzene, a carcinogen.

World Bank offers developing countries debt pauses if hit by climate crisis

More from The Guardian: “World Bank offers developing countries debt pauses if hit by climate crisis Move at Paris summit on global finance will only apply to repayments on new loans Fiona Harvey in Paris Thu 22 Jun 2023 14.06 EDT Poor countries will be able to pause their debt repayments if hit by climate disaster, under plans announced by the World Bank at the finance summit in Paris. The international development organisation said it would insert new clauses in any agreements with developing countries, allowing them to suspend debt payments in the case of extreme weather events, starting with some of the poorest and most vulnerable nations. The UK also said it would apply similar arrangements to its loans to 12 countries in Africa and the Caribbean.


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