Currently in Los Angeles — September 1st, 2022

The weather, currently.

A deadly heatwave continues in Los Angeles

Day one of the heatwave wasn’t too bad for me, but I drew back my blinds 2 days ago and have kept the apartment in relative darkness so that heat doesn’t get trapped inside of here while the world warms up. Thursday’s highs will be about 103°F in DTLA and 112°F in the Valley. Temperatures will not fall below 90°F until about 7pm, so it will be difficult to schedule your day around higher temps. Lows around 72°F will arrive around midnight.

I did finally cave and order a portable air conditioning unit, which arrives on Friday. I think by then I’ll really need it. Portable A/C units are sort of expensive — I had to put this one on a credit card — but if you don’t have central air conditioning and aren’t allowed to have a window unit hanging out of your building, this is supposed to be the way to go. They range from about $250 for a questionable-quality off-brand to $1,000 for a nice, highly rated unit. If you think it’s time to splurge, I found some decent recommendations at Popular Mechanics.

Finally, consider adding a Community Cooler to your neighborhood. There’s still lots of unhoused neighbors and people without any air conditioning, so simply providing some water bottles in a $3 styrofoam cooler could save a life. If you don’t want to purchase styrofoam because it’s bad for the environment, take a chance with your own personal, plastic cooler.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

“How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth,” science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, “when it is clearly Ocean.” The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the world and absorbs roughly a third of mankind’s carbon emissions — yet it remains largely unprotected and unregulated. This past Saturday, negotiations at the UN headquarters stalled when diplomats failed to reach a decision on a treaty deal that would protect biodiversity in two thirds of ocean areas that remain outside of individual countries' jurisdictions.

“The oceans sustain all life on Earth, but for the last two weeks, the self-proclaimed High Ambition Coalition has not shown enough ambition or urgency until the final hours,” said Laura Meller, of Greenpeace. “As a result, they have failed to deliver a strong Global Ocean Treaty that can protect the high seas. They promised a treaty in 2022, and time has all but run out. They shouldn’t shoulder all responsibility, other countries have been deliberately obstructive, but failure to deliver a treaty at these talks jeopardizes the livelihoods and food security of billions of people around the world.”

Protecting marine biodiversity is particularly important as the ocean is opened up to deep sea mining and becomes yet another extraction zone.