National Weather Forecast
Rain and higher elevation snow will continue to fall across portions of the western United States on Monday. As you head farther east, the weather looks quiet to start the work week.
The heaviest additional precipitation through the next couple of days will be out in the western United States, with maybe three inches of rain possible for some and a foot or two of snow at some of the higher elevations.
Young people are optimistic that there’s time to prevent the worst effects of climate change
More from the PBS Newshour: “A majority of young people in the United States are optimistic that it’s still possible to prevent the worst long-term effects of climate change, according to a new poll among 13- to 29-year-olds from the PBS NewsHour and Generation Lab, even as many of them point to the multiple ways they believe climate change will affect their personal lives in the future. In the days since this poll was conducted, world leaders have gathered to attend this year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to make decisions that will help determine our collective future on this planet. Scientists can predict just how much warming is expected to increase over time, and know what will help keep the most dramatic global warming at bay, and yet uncertainty reigns: Will countries make ambitious-enough pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions quickly enough? Will they match their words with actions, as youth activists protesting in Glasgow are demanding?”
Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passes US House with billions for EV sector
More from CNET: “The US House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday night, earmarking billions of dollars for electric vehicles and clean energy and handing President Joe Biden a win after months of negotiations among Democrats. The bill passed the Senate in August and now heads to Biden’s desk to be signed into law. The bill sets aside $7.5 billion to create a nationwide network of EV charging stations and expedite the adoption of electric cars this decade. Another $65 billion will fund an investment in clean energy and renewables for the nation’s electricity grid, and promises to create a more resilient system. Funds will also funnel to various clean energy technology projects.”
Repurposing carbon dioxide may be key to net-zero emissions
More from Texas A&M: “While a very small percentage of the atmosphere, carbon dioxide plays a vital role in sustaining life on our planet. However, if this delicate balance is disrupted, excess carbon dioxide can pose a formidable threat to our environment and the living beings that reside within. A team of researchers in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University recently published a comprehensive review article on how carbon dioxide can be isolated through reduction reactions and then transformed into value-added chemicals for fuels, thereby providing a path to repurpose excess carbon dioxide. “People are looking into innovative ways to mitigate global warming and minimize our impacts on the environment,” said Denis Johnson, the first author on the study and a doctoral student in the chemical engineering department. “Through scientific advancements, such as our own, we remain hopeful that one day we may be able to start reversing what has already been done.””
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