Residents of Nagla Tulai, a rural village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, have been having to endure scorching summers, but the sweltering heat has tested their strength over the past few years. In May, it reached 49°C (120°F), the highest in India in 122 years. Since then, local news reports have attributed more than 50 deaths to the record-breaking heat.
At the end of April, when daytime temperatures exceeded 45°C (113°F), most of Nagla Tulai’s residents sought rescue in the wind outdoors. It is one of the few Indian villages that is not yet electrified. That means its more than 150 homes are without fans, coolers and air conditioners.
The men in the village are forced to work no more than two hours a day to avoid the hottest sun. As the temperature rises year by year, they fear they have no choice but to leave Narathule to find work in the city. Jobs that don’t pay enough to bring their family to work.
We need to reduce carbon emissions – not just stop them
news: United Nations Climate Panel warned In addition to rapid emissions reductions, the world needs to remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year to free the planet from increasingly dangerous levels of warming. Researchers and startups are working on a variety of methods, including building greenhouse gas-absorbing plants and using minerals to lock in carbon.
Controversial plan: Carbon removal has become a sensitive topic – the real concern is that the growing focus on reducing greenhouse gas levels may encourage governments and businesses to delay or even avoid the most obvious and immediate response to climate change: preventing emissions from entering the atmosphere first.
A complicated solution: Experts warn that unfortunately, after decades of delay, there are few paths that require neither cutting emissions today nor building the capacity to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide in the future. Read the full article.
By Zeke Hausfather, Head of Climate Research at Stripe Climate, contributing author to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, and Jane Flegal, Head of Market Development and Policy at Stripe Climate.
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1 The Large Hadron Collider will come back to life today
Scientists at CERN hope to discover more insights into how the universe works. (NPR)
+ It has been 10 years since the Higgs boson particle was discovered. (economist $)
3 AI can help correct discrimination against black homebuyers
Increase housing savings by assessing how $25,000 in damages can be made. (new scientist)
4 It’s time to end the stigma of menstrual blood
Some scientists and doctors shy away from studying it, even though it could provide us with valuable insights into women’s health. (dark)
+ What if you could diagnose a disease with a tampon? (MIT Technology Review)
6 Rising inflation means we can’t afford to upgrade our computers
Combined with the collapse of cryptocurrencies, this does not bode well for semiconductor manufacturers. (Wall Street Journal $)
7 conservative radio stations are peddling misinformation 📻
Pundits are repeating the same false claims accusing Democrats of cheating in the 2020 presidential election. (New York Times $)
8 Captioning a hit TV show is really hard
A clumsy translation could mistranslate key moments for an unsuspecting audience. (network)
+ Better online captions can benefit everyone. (MIT Technology Review)
9 The Internet Really Wants A Magnetically Driven Car
Unfortunately, physics disagrees. (wired $)