Currently in Los Angeles — June 17th, 2022

Fog and then fantastic for our Friday

The weather, currently.

Let’s have a repeat day. Let’s have a repeat day. Friday will follow in Thursday’s footsteps with fog and low clouds until noontime. But after that, the skies clear and the sun lights our way to the weekend. We continue the cool-down and high-five our 76°F day. That’s also where our temperatures will land on both Saturday and Sunday, too. Enjoy the sunshine all weekend and we’ll be shining again in your inbox on Tuesday. We’re taking time to commemorate Juneteenth. As Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said “Juneteenth reminds us of the power we have to meet the challenges that communities of color and so many others continue to face in the pursuit of justice and equality.”

—Stacy Blundell

What you need to know, currently.

We have a story up today from Anuradha Varanasi on the colonial history of pine trees in the Himalayas, the ecological problems they present, and the way pine needles could be used as a climate solution.

“Since the late 1800s, under British rule, native oak and deodar forests were razed for more than a century to build India’s extensive railway network and for other commercial purposes,” Varanasi writes. “For procuring resin in the 20th century, the British opted for large-scale pine plantations instead of re-planting native oak trees, which are resistant to wildfires. Not only do pine trees grow rapidly, but they also deplete groundwater, modify soil properties, and prevent the growth of other native trees, shrubs, and grass."

"'The pine forests act as bombs waiting to explode by the smallest of spark,' said Pavan Vyas, a fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE). 'Even when dry pine needles are lit in the form of controlled burns, they spread rapidly owing to the accumulation of pine needles on the forest floor as thick as 24 centimeters, causing forest fires which are hard to tackle without adequate infrastructure.'"

Now, the needles are being collected by groups of women and converted to bio-pellets.

Click here to read the full story!