Currently in Los Angeles — June 27th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A heat wave and strong winds continue on Monday

Forecasters saw this heat wave taking its time to reach Los Angeles, but now it’s here. The blazing temperatures you felt yesterday will tick up another degree today, with highs around 94°F in Downtown LA. Depending on how inland you are, there may also be a heat advisory in effect, so take care of yourself. Drag a water bottle around with you and slap some stickers on it to broadcast your feelings about climate change. Evening temperatures will float around the 70’s, and strong winds will push all that warm air around you, lifting your hair into a crown. These hot, dry, conditions are perfect fuel for fire season, so avoid any bonding over the bonfire.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

In just a few days, a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency will be made. This decision is crucial in the fight against climate change, as it challenges EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

More than a dozen Republican attorneys general are working with two coal companies to limit EPA’s rule-making in regulating power plant emissions and instead, have this power lie in the hands of Congress. If this happens, it will be much harder to hold powerful producers accountable for their pollution and shift the power sector towards clean energy.

To put it plainly, this case has the potential to fundamentally change the Biden Administration’s ability to mitigate the effects of climate change and prevent it all together.

— Aarohi Sheth