National Weather Forecast

Stormy weather continues on Thursday across the Ohio Valley to the East Coast and down to the Gulf Coast. A system working across the Northern Plains brings storm chances from Montana to Minnesota. Meanwhile, a system approaching the Pacific Northwest will bring rain and mixed precipitation chances.

A few areas of heavy rain are possible for the second half of the week across the lower 48 – one in the Pacific Northwest, another in the Ohio Valley, and a third in parts of Florida. All these locations could see at least 1-3” of rain, with some heavier amounts expected.


‘Not nearly enough.’ IEA says fossil fuel demand will peak soon but urges faster action

More from CNN: “Global demand for oil, natural gas and coal is likely to peak by 2030 — an “encouraging” development but “not nearly enough” to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Planet-heating pollution from the energy sector is also set to peak this decade, the IEA said in an update to its landmark “Net Zero Roadmap” report. Fatih Birol, the agency’s executive director, told reporters Tuesday that the “path to the 1.5 degrees target is narrowing” but there were “legitimate reasons to be hopeful.” “Mainly, we are seeing that a new clean energy economy is emerging around the world,” he said.

How to save plants from climate change? Just ask them

More from UCLA: “Redwoods and oaks that thrive on California’s coastline and coastal mountains might soon start finding it harder to survive. Human-caused climate change is altering the temperatures and rainfall patterns to which those and other trees are accustomed, and many have already been pushed close to the edge of what they can endure. Identifying suitable new habitats will soon become a matter of life or death for some California native species, according to Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. But if those trees could talk, where would they tell scientists they wanted to live? In a new study, a team led by Sack and other UCLA biologists deciphered a secret language in leaves and woody stems that points to the species’ optimal habitats. Scientists could use that information to better identify new locations where they could establish new populations of plants and to develop better protections for their existing habitats.

Iowa Was a Wind Energy Leader—Then Memes Slowed Its Clean Energy Transition

More from Distilled: “Over the past several years, as the country has accelerated the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, opposition to wind and solar has skyrocketed across the United States. Much of this opposition—especially when it comes to wind energy—has been propped up by those who stand to gain from renewable energy failures, especially the oil and gas industry, and their allies. But some of the most significant changes at the local level in one of the country’s most wind-heavy states are happening free of any obvious or direct dark money influence. In Iowa, grassroots activists are using the power of social media to help organize to pass policies that will significantly slow the transition to clean energy.


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