Currently in Los Angeles — August 29th 2022

The weather, currently.

The last warm, sunny, tolerable day before a heat wave

I’m looking at this week’s forecast and my immediate thought, simply, was “oh no.” Absolutely Cherish Monday’s cool, foggy morning and afternoon highs of 88°, because it’s going to get so much worse later this week. It looks like a ridge, essentially a wall of atmospheric pressure, is building up and ready to bulldoze us with hot air. Imagine a massive army is marching toward us, ready to invade the Los Angeles valleys and basins.

But, before it reaches us in full force, cherish Monday. We hate to go back to work, but be your brightest and most productive (or don’t, because your company isn’t your friend!) because you will no longer feel peppy later by Wednesday. Check off your outdoor errands. Sleep in and extra hour before your daily run. Enjoy your evening’s low temperatures in the mid-60’s, since even nightfall will be stubbornly warm later this week.  And rush to the store and buy the last remaining fans and air conditioning units before they’re gone.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Climate change will not affect everyone equally — both domestically and internationally. Currently fellow Anna Abraham has a story up on how developing nations and small island states are working to bring Loss and Damage finance to the forefront of the conversation.

"In response to climate disasters, vulnerable communities rely on adaptation measures (eg. building flood defenses such as embankments) to survive; but these efforts can only go so far. Based on existing emission trends, climate change has dramatically increased the number of extreme weather events, making many disasters completely unavoidable. The social and fiscal impacts of these unavoidable events are referred to as 'loss and damage.'"

It is well established that countries in the Global South are disproportionately affected by climate change. The Global North is historically responsible for an excess of 92 percent of emissions. Countries in the South, including India and China, are still well within the boundary of their fair share of global emissions."

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