Currently en Puerto Rico — 24 de agosto, 2023: Franklin sobre el Atlántico

El tiempo, currently.

Parcialmente soleado

Los cielos estarán mucho más despejados sobre Puerto Rico el jueves a medida que una zona de aire seco sea arrastrada hacia el norte por vientos del sur asociados con la tormenta tropical Franklin, que se desviará hacia el este después haber impactado a la República Dominicana. Estos cielos más soleados impulsarán temperaturas hasta 10 grados más cálidas que durante los días lluviosos de principios de esta semana. Seguramente se emitirá una Advertencia de Calor al menos para los municipios del norte. Este calor también permitirá que algunos de los típicos aguaceros y tronadas se desarrollen sobre la Cordillera Central por la tarde, luego moviendo hacia el norte y el noreste. Se espera un patrón similar el viernes, aunque es posible que bandas de lluvia de la más distante Franklin lleguen a Puerto Rico a medida que pasa al norte por nuestra longitud.

—John Toohey-Morales

What you need to know, currently.

It’s my excruciating duty to report that climate denial is alive and well in the year 2023.

With less than 15 months until Election Day, in the middle of what’s likely to be Earth’s hottest year since human civilization began, Republican presidential candidates gathered on a 100°F day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to talk about who would be the best person to beat Joe Biden — the self-proclaimed climate president.

It didn’t go well.

Moderators wasted no time in inviting a Gen-Z audience member to ask a climate question at the very beginning of the debate: “Polls consistently show that young people’s number one issue is climate change. How will you, as president, calm their fears that the Republican Party doesn’t care about climate change?”

The responses were agonizing. Trying to one-up his fellow challengers, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy went full climate hoaxer. Chris Christie insulted him for being a person of color. And no one raised their hand when the moderator asked who believed that human activities are causing climate change. (Spoiler: They are.)

That a major national political party anywhere in the world is considering nominating a full-throated climate denier should be a scandal. That it’s in the country most responsible for climate change is an outrage.

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.