Currently in Los Angeles — August 17th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Hot and sunny, yet still the coolest day we've had in a week

Today’s high peaks around 90°F. It’s the coolest day since last Thursday. You’ll want to wake before 8 AM if you want to remember how it feels to have a temperature below 70°F envelope your body. Sweat with a morning workout, then take your first of many cool (but not ice cold!) showers today. You’ve got to keep your mind off this stretch of heat until the end of the workday. If you’re a 9 to 5’er, it’ll be back in the 80’s when you clock out, and that might as well be paradise. Lows of 69°F hit around midnight. Stay up a bit later then usual to enjoy clear skies, the strong breeze, and the sound of coyotes howling at the moon. Apparently, full moon howling is a myth, but I heard many canine shouts last night. Awoo!

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law
President Biden signed the IRA into law today, the administration’s most aggressive attempt to combat climate change thus far. This is historic, as it is the most significant climate bill in U.S. history.

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law today — the administration’s most aggressive attempt to combat climate change thus far. This is historic, as it is the most significant climate bill in U.S. history.

“For a while people doubted whether any of that was going to happen, but we are in a season of substance,” Biden told the assembled audience. Sure!

The bill is significantly smaller than what the Biden Administration initially envisioned, but it’s still forecast to reduce emissions 40 percent by the end of the decade — a meaningful victory for climate activists in an otherwise grim legislative environment.

Read more from Rebecca McCarthy, Currently’s editorial fellow, here.