The weather, currently.
Say goodbye to gray mornings for a few days. Our sun is back, shining as bright as ever. Classic, hot, LA weather is strange company to the fraught, vivid dreams I’ve had the last few nights. They’re the type that linger when you wake, that make you recount each scene and gage its plausibility, compare it against a memory, double check your surroundings. No, I haven’t been to Texas this week. It wasn’t real. But these upbeat, clear skies are telling me to shake any unsettled feelings and enjoy the high temperatures of 81°F. I’ll have to wait until the evening to brood again, to feel the dream following me like a shadow into sleep. The night sky will be mostly clear, with a noticeable breeze knocking at the window. Temperatures will fall into the low 60’s just as those dreams come to life.
What you need to know, currently.
The U.S. will plant 1 billion trees across the millions of acres of burnt and dead forests in the American West, the Biden administration announced on Monday.
This announcement is the latest in forest regeneration efforts by the federal government. In April, the President signed an executive order to protect old-growth forests. In August, the nation signed on to an effort to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide.
Unfortunately, not much action-based change has taken place, as the Biden administration continues to toy with the notion of declaring a climate emergency, which could potentially lead to more national efforts to tackle climate change.
In the meantime, as climate change continues to scorch woodlands, the Department of Agriculture has led reforestation efforts by using funds from the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act as well as the bipartisan infrastructure law.
So far, wildfires have decimated 5.6 million acres in the U.S. this year. Some forests naturally regenerate after fires, but, because of human-induced climate change, the wildfires have become more frequent and severe, leaving forests barren for decades before they can start to sprout back up. This replanting plan could change things, as it will nurture forests’ natural regeneration, mitigating the effects of climate change and making them more resilient to threats of wildfires and drought.
The Forest Service expanded their reforestation funds up to about $100 million. The agency also plans to plant about 400,000 acres of forest annually, particularly in the West, where wildfires continually rage.