National Weather Forecast
On Friday, a system in the Upper Midwest will bring the chance of showers and storms, some of which could be strong. This area of rain extends back into the Rockies, where some snow may even mix in at higher elevations. We’re also tracking a frontal boundary still positioned near the Gulf Coast and across Florida producing storms and heavy rain.
Two areas of heavy rain will be possible across the nation through Saturday evening – one across northern Minnesota and a second in Florida. These areas have the highest potential of seeing widespread 3”+ tallies.
Air pollution may spur irregular heart rhythms in teens: study
More from The Hill: “Breathing in tiny particles of air pollution may trigger irregular heart rhythms in otherwise healthy teenagers and increase their risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study has found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on Wednesday, investigated the impact of inhaling fine particulate matter — also known as PM 2.5 — on heart rhythms of adolescents. Such particles, which are smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, are key pollutants in wildfire smoke and in vehicle exhaust and can irritate the lungs and blood vessels of the heart.”
How Cash-Strapped Schools Are Benefiting From the Sun
More from the New York Times: “One school district was able to give pay raises to its teachers as big as 30 percent. Another bought new heating and ventilation systems, all the better to help students and educators breathe easier in these times. The improvements didn’t cost taxpayers a cent, and were paid for by an endlessly renewable source — the Sun. As solar energy gains traction across the country, one beneficiary have been schools, particularly those in cash-strapped districts contending with dwindling tax bases. From New Jersey to California, nearly one in 10 K-12 public and private schools across the country were using solar energy by early 2022, according to data released Thursday by Generation180, a nonprofit that promotes and tracks clean energy. That’s twice as many as existed in 2015.”
Historic famine looms as drought grips East Africa
More from Grist: “According to the United Nations, the worst famine of the twenty-first century is unfolding in the Horn of Africa. For months, a climate-change-fueled drought of historic proportions and supply chain disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine have combined to cause severe food shortages in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.Famine experts expect the situation to deteriorate through the fall and winter. A recent report from the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a trade block representing East African countries, found that more than 25 million people across the region could be experiencing dire food insecurity by early 2023.”
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