CLIMATE GLIMPSE: Here’s what you need to see and learn today

As the US-Mexico border region caught fire, Associated Press photographer Gregory Bull took to the streets. Bull photographed a homeless man talking to Maribel Padilla of the Brown Bag Coalition after receiving a wet towel in Calexico, California. When temperatures hit 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 Celsius), Padilla’s non-profit organization distributes cool towels and cold drinks to homeless people.

On Friday in India, rescuers found five more bodies in the western state of Maharashtra, raising the death toll from a landslide triggered by heavy rains to at least 21, with many more feared buried under rubble. And in Switzerland, authorities closed airspace in part of the country after recreational hang gliders thwarted efforts to put out an ongoing wildfire.

Here’s what’s happening right now with extreme weather and climate:

In the United States, coral reefs around the Florida Keys lose their color in early summer due to record high water temperatures, and federal scientists are already seeing some bleaching, report Terry Spencer and Patrick Whittle.

“Due to global warming, scientists are warning that disease-carrying mosquitoes are moving around the world,” says Mary Katherine Wildman in collaboration with AP in collaboration with Grist.

“In the United States and India, attempts are being made to install solar panels over canals to generate clean energy and reduce the evaporation of precious water,” said Brittany Peterson and Sibi Arasu.

As the world heats up, people are sometimes looking for creative ways to beat the heat. Photogallery AP.


“The corals are pale, it looks like the color is washing out,” said researcher Kathy Lesnesky, who watched some coral reefs in the Florida Keys lose their color weeks earlier than usual this summer due to record high water temperatures. “And some people are completely white. And we still have everything ahead of us.”


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