Currently in Los Angeles — June 8th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Bright, sunny, and warm as we await primary results

I’m feeling anxious today as I await the results of LA’s primary election. Are we going to allow Rick Caruso, a Republican who switched his registration to the Democratic party only 19 days before announcing his run for mayor? Gina Viola has the best progressive climate policies, but Karen Bass is the more viable candidate and wouldn’t be bad, either. Don’t let your love for the Americana at Brand Memes account fool you into believing Caruso is a benevolent billionaire!

Sorry for straying so much from weather. Wednesday will be sunny and warm, with highs around 84°F. A strong breeze could carry away your day-old “I Voted!” sticker. The evening should be mostly clear with lows in the mid-60s.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Soil, the dirt beneath our feet, is not only holding life, but is alive itself.

And we’re running out of it. In fact, we’re in the middle of a soil crisis. According to the United Nations, by 2050, soil erosion could reduce up to 10 percent of crop yields, which is equivalent to taking away millions of acres of farmland.

And, due to climate change and improper farming practices, many places have already lost their topsoil — the surface soil where plants have a lot of their roots.

This loss of soil is significant; soil provides ecosystems, supports our food supply, carries biodiversity, and filters our drinking water. Soil also mitigates climate change, as it's one of the biggest absorbers of carbon dioxide, which combats global warming.

But there is work that can be done to save our soil, like incorporating regenerative agriculture practices — which has origins in Indigenous culture — rather than plowing.

For those of us who are not farmers, we can help by pushing for federal support of these more sustainable practices, from giving out soil subsidies to financially rewarding farmers who are using these regenerative techniques to keep the soil healthy.

— Aarohi Sheth