Currently en Puerto Rico — 15 de agosto, 2023: Más densa la bruma y calor

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Polvo sahariano y mucho calor

Las concentraciones de polvo sahariano alcanzarán su punto máximo sobre Puerto Rico el martes y miércoles, lo que reducirá la actividad de lluvia y aumentará el riesgo de calor excesivo. La mayoría de las áreas urbanas y de baja elevación experimentarán temperaturas aparentes de al menos 102 grados. Se emitirá una Advertencia de Calor para el interior del este y las secciones costeras del sur y del este, donde se sentirá tan caliente como 108 grados. Y en las áreas norte y oeste, incluida el área metropolitana de San Juan, los índices de calor superiores a 113 grados requerirán un Aviso de Calor Excesivo. Más allá del calor, serán posibles aguaceros dispersos por la tarde en el oeste y la visibilidad será reducida por la bruma.

—John Toohey-Morales

What you need to know, currently.

Wow, this is HUGE.

In the first-ever trial of its kind in the US, a group of Montana youths aged 5 to 22 have won a court challenge on climate change. It’s the biggest victory yet in a years-long battle to establish a youth-led legal movement for climate justice and supplant the power of the fossil fuel industry.

The verdict, issued by Montana First Judicial District Court judge Kathy Seeley, guarantees a “fundamental constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment, which includes climate.”

The state of Montana has a constitution that guarantees the right to a clean environment, and one of the most progressive constitutions in the country. The youth challenged a recent update made by the Republican-controlled state government to the Montana Environmental Policy Act that restricts state agencies from considering greenhouse gas emissions or climate change when permitting large energy projects. Judge Seeley found that update to be unconstitutional.

It’s the first time a U.S. court has ruled that a government violated the rights of children by ignoring climate change. By one measure, there are 23 states that have similar rights in their constitutions, so this ruling could pave the way for a flurry of state-level challenges in an attempt to extend constitutional rights to include climate protections.

"This is the strongest decision on climate change ever issued by any court," wrote Michael Gerrard, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “After a trial where climate scientists testified under oath and were subject to cross examination (very rare in itself), the court issued a 103-page decision that found that fossil fuel use is the principal cause of climate change, which in turn is causing serious health and environmental impacts that will continue to get worse.”

Gerrard continued: “The court found that renewables (wind, solar, hydro) can economically substitute for fossil fuels; that the youth plaintiffs have a right to a stable climate system under the right to a clean environment in the state constitution; and that the state law barring consideration of climate in impact assessment is unconstitutional.”

“This is a case out of love,” said Grace Gibson-Snyder, a 19-year-old plaintiff from Missoula told the Washington Post before the verdict was announced. In a statement on Monday, the youth were excited about what this ruling meant not only for Montana, but for the world.

The state now has 60 days to file an appeal, and if the ruling stands, it will strike the section of Montana law that was written in favor of the fossil fuel industry.

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What you can do, currently.

The fires in Maui have struck at the heart of Hawaiian heritage, and if you’d like to support survivors, here are good places to start:

The fires burned through the capital town of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the ancestral and present home to native Hawaiians on their original unceded lands. One of the buildings destroyed was the Na ‘Aikane o Maui cultural center, a gathering place for the Hawaiian community to organize and celebrate.

If you’d like to help the community rebuild and restore the cultural center, a fund has been established that is accepting donations — specify “donation for Na ‘Aikane” on this Venmo link.