Currently in Los Angeles — June 7th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A briefly gray morning, then hot and sunny

Tuesday should start off with the marine layer, but it’s going to burn away quickly with these warm temperatures moving in. Since I’m not much of a morning person, I think I’ll be waking up to sunshine when I finally stop hitting snooze around 9:30am (be jealous of the freelancer life. I make my own hours! Don’t be jealous of the hustle.) Highs should climb to about 82°F, and that’s just a taste of what’s to come the rest of this week. As the day goes on, winds will pick up, generating a breezy night. You’ll have clear skies and lows around 61°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

It’s a big day for climate policy in America! For the first time, President Biden has declared climate change-related national emergencies.

President Biden called on the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate the production for clean energy, the White House announced Monday. Heat pumps, solar panel parts and equipment to make and use electricity-generated fuels building insulation and infrastructure for the power grid, are just a few things covered under DPA. All of which will work together to better regulate climate impacts in buildings.

The Biden administration wishes to increase solar energy to mitigate the effects of climate change. At the same time, it wants to use trade protectionism to avoid foreign competition and is pushing for things like solar panels to be produced in the United States.

So, the administration has ordered a two-year tariff exemption on solar panels imported from Southeast Asian countries to push Americans to consider green alternatives as energy as gas prices continue to rise.

Hopefully this federal support leads to more concrete steps to solve both the solar problem and in turn, the climate crisis.

— Aarohi Sheth