Currently in Los Angeles — May 25th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A gray morning, then a sunny and warm afternoon

I hope you enjoyed your sunny Tuesday morning, because Wednesday’s back to overcast skies. They’ll burn up by noon, but there’s something so invigorating about waking up to a sunbeam tapping my cheek. On marine layer mornings, I stay in bed until the world absolutely needs my energy. Still, Wednesday will still be pretty warm, with highs around 81°F in the afternoon, so you’ll forget about the gray very quickly. Until it returns on Thursday, which almost certainly happening. The evening will become cloudy and lows will eventually hit about 60°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Today we published an op-ed, by climate scientist Ailie Gallant about Australia’s Federal election. For the first time in over ten years, there is a “clear mandate” to significantly reduce Australia’s carbon emissions, centering climate change in conversations of policy and practice in the Australian electorate.

This moment in time is particularly significant because independents and other minor parties made up almost one-third of the votes, which is the largest amount of votes that non-major parties have had in Australian political history.

“This sets a precedent in 2022,” Gallant wrote. “We have shown that, collectively, we will vote outside the major two-party system for issues, like climate change, that are important to us.”

Gallant is confident that Australia will now play a larger role in ending the climate crisis.

“As a climate scientist, I am more hopeful now than I have ever been, that Australia will step up to the global table and play its part to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, per the Paris Agreement,” Gallant wrote. These cuts must be achieved if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”

Read the full article: The 2022 Australian Federal Election May Finally End The Country’s ‘Climate Wars’