The weather, currently.
August is going out guns blazing. Tuesday’s high of 95°F is mild compared to what we have coming later this week, and I’m already sweating just thinking about it. Wake up early to enjoy the last wave of temperatures in the 60’s, because I don’t see any lows below 70°F for the next five days. It’s just going to be sunny and hot, hot, hot.
To prep your home for the oncoming heat wave, start cooling your house now so hot air doesn’t get trapped inside and simmer. Block out windows with curtains, set up your fans, get the A/C unit operating if it isn’t already. Make sure you have some dark spaces to crawl into, and move things to the ground floor, or even the rare SoCal basement, if options are available to you. I have never made one myself, but the swamp cooler is a famed desert rat contraption that can be assembled with one trip to Home Depot.
What you need to know, currently.
Greenland’s melting ice sheet will raise sea levels by almost one foot by 2100, according to a study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change.
The findings show that the melting is caused by human-induced climate change. 3.3 percent of the ice sheet, which is about 110 trillion metric tons of ice, will melt no matter how quickly the world ends carbon emissions. This melting event will prompt about 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of the century.
A changing climate, due to the burning of fossil fuels, has led to glacial retreat around the world.
The study’s prediction of a minimum of 10 inches of sea level rise is more than twice as much as researchers previously predicted of the world’s second largest ice sheet.