Can you loan for free life jackets from the Sea Tow Foundation

News roundup for Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Editor’s note: Quick reminder that I’m taking a break next week—the news roundup will be back Tue 18. In the meantime, be good, be sane, take a breath, and one step at a time 😉 In short: The Mississippi River is too dry to ship harvest and other commodities through it. Nearly half of Canadians

Is the Corn Belt going to be too hot for corn in 30 years

News roundup for Tue, Oct 04, 2022

Editor’s note: I’m taking a break from the news next week (wanna join me?), which means that there will be no news roundup published the week of Oct 10-16. The roundup will be back Tue Oct 17. Thank you for understanding. In short: The UK could be at significant risk of gas shortages this winter.

Are Ugandan farmers using maggots as a solution to the fertilizer shortage

News roundup for Fri, Sep 30, 2022

In short: Hurricane Ian might cause a 4-7 ft storm surge in South Carolina on Friday. Europe could face mobile network blackouts this winter. The cost of growing food in the US is set to rise by the most ever in 2022. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups

Are wildfires burning away snow in the US West

News roundup for Tue, Sep 27, 2022

In short: Hurricane Ian could reach Cat 4 by Wednesday — Tampa might see a near-historic storm surge. The average US heating bill is expected to rise 17% this winter. Atlantic Canada will likely see more storms due to climate change. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups will

Did an earthquake in Mexico creat a desert tsunami in Death Valley

News roundup for Fri, Sep 23, 2022

In short: Cat 4 Hurricane Fiona should hit Canada’s Eastern Atlantic provinces this weekend. US gasoline prices have started rising again in some states. California temporarily banned insurance companies from dropping customers in wildfire-hit areas. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups will feature a section of TP’s beginner’s checklist and

Did waves reach 50 feet over the Bering Sea

News roundup for Tue, Sep 20, 2022

In short: Hurricane Fiona might strengthen, hitting Turk and Caicos and continuing towards the Bahamas. Germany’s natural gas storage is nearly at 90% but will be enough for one winter only. Almost one in five US households has medical debt. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups will feature

Can sheep be used to cut grass in a solar farm

News roundup for Fri, Sep 16, 2022

In short: US inflation rose by 0.1% in August, and the Fed might need to raise interest rates more aggressively. Tropical Storm Fiona heading for Puerto Rico this weekend. Study: A rapid shift to clean energy would save the world $12 trillion. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups

Is drought threatening the world’s olive oil supply

News roundup for Tue, Sep 13, 2022

In short: World on the verge of multiple climate tipping points, even if we reach Paris Climate Agreement goals. New York governor declares disaster emergency after polio found in wastewater. ‘Triple dip’ La Niña is on the way, bringing cold and snow to the US Northwest and drought to the south. National Preparedness Month Challenge

Has Chad experienced the worst flood in 30 years

News roundup for Fri, Sep 09, 2022

In short: Europe is heading for a recession and will also see winter food shortages and price increases. 90% of the world’s countries saw their living standards decline in 2021. The Australian parliament passed the first climate change legislation in a decade. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups

Is Bridgestone developing a tire made from a plant that doesn't need irrigation

News roundup for Tue, Sep 06, 2022

In short: Tropical Storm Earl is expected to form into a hurricane later this week. Russia has halted gas supplies to Europe indefinitely. World food prices dropped for the fifth consecutive month. National Preparedness Month Challenge Each Tuesday and Friday throughout September, the news roundups will feature a section of TP’s beginner’s checklist and introduce

News roundup for Fri, Sep 02, 2022

In short: US life expectancy dropped again, marking the worst two-year decline in a century. Europe’s inflation hit another high of 9.1%. Even if we stop emissions now, sea levels will rise 10 inches by 2100. September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month Throughout September, I’ll feature tips and tidbits from each section of our beginner’s

Have beavers in Englad created wetlands that are resilient to droughts

News roundup for Tue, Aug 30, 2022

In short: Early signs suggest monkeypox may be slowing in some US cities. Pakistan declared a national emergency over floods covering a third of the country. BP refinery in Indiana shut down, affecting fuel supply in the US Midwest. Economy, energy, supply chain The UK will raise its cap on energy bills to an average

Were flamingos herded into bathrooms during Hurricane Andrew

News roundup for Fri, Aug 26, 2022

In short: Global monkeypox cases declined by 21%—cases in the US still rising. Europe’s worst drought in 500 years will last until November. The tropics will have up to six months of dangerous heat a year by 2050. Economy, food security, supply chain The White House announced a student loan forgiveness plan; some worry it

Is polio back in NYC

News roundup for Tue, Aug 23, 2022

In short: EIU says energy shortages and inflation will cause a recession in Europe in 2022-23. China’s shutdowns could disrupt the supply chain as much as Covid lockdowns. Omicron-specific boosters should be available in the US within three weeks. Economy, supply chain, food security The National Bureau of Economic Research (NABE) says 72% of economists

Is drought forcing British animal farmers to dip into their winter forage reserves

News roundup for Fri, Aug 19, 2022

In short: Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico are facing historic emergency water cuts. Drought is forcing British animal farmers to dip into their winter forage reserves. Scientists found a simple way to break down PFAS and make unlimited water safe. Economy, food security, supply chain UK’s inflation reached 10.1% in July, pushed higher by food and