Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

New research finds that higher temperatures and heat exposure can harm children’s learning across the globe. However, in the US, researchers found that only Black and Hispanic children are affected by this trend.

Why This Matters: A 2019 study showed that predominantly non-white school districts receive about $23 billion less on average than predominantly white school districts.

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Study Finds Last Month the Hottest September on Record

Study Finds Last Month the Hottest September on Record

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer The Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that last month was the warmest September on record for the United States and Europe, surpassing the record set a year ago. They also found that Northern Siberia, Western Australia, the Middle East, and parts of South America had hotter-than-average Septembers.  According to […]

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Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families click button

Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families

Grist reported last week that a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that minority households spend much more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households on average — Blacks spend 43 percent more, Hispanics spend 20 percent more, and Native Americans spend 45 percent more.

Why This Matters:  At the end of September, as utilities begin to get shut off, minority and poor families will be hurt the most.

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Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Temperatures in Los Angeles over the weekend soared — and hit a record high of 121 degrees and the record-setting temperatures resulted in power outages to tens of thousands, and people crowded area beaches in an effort to stay cool.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is straining the state to the breaking point — between the fires around the state and extreme heat, plus the coronavirus too.

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Study Estimates Number of AC Units Needed Will Triple in Next Thirty Years

Study Estimates Number of AC Units Needed Will Triple in Next Thirty Years

Increasing populations, incomes, urbanization, and temperatures could “triple the number of AC units installed worldwide by midcentury, pushing the total toward 6 billion,” as James Temple reported for the MIT Technology Review. This could create one of the “largest sources of rising electricity demand around the world.”

Why This Matters: This is the paradox of climate change. As the world warms, cooling will be even more necessary.

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Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water click button

Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water

The COVID pandemic makes much more challenging all the issues surrounding the evacuation, response, and rebuilding of the areas of Louisiana and Texas hit hard by Hurricane Laura.  As National Public Radio explains, many families are now essentially homeless because their houses were ruined by the storm and they lack running water and electricity.

Why This Matters:  67,000 people have already registered for Federal disaster assistance but it will not get better any time soon for those hit hardest by the storm.

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