Record-Breaking Heat Scorches Middle East; Fires Burn in Amazon, Peatlands
August 19, 2016
The Washington Post (8/10) said record-breaking heat is scorching the Middle East, with temperatures soaring to 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the UAE and Iran and 129 degrees in Iraq and Kuwait.
Yale Climate Connections (8/16) said early-dry season forest fires are burning in parts of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia owing to drier-than-usual conditions in parts of the Amazon.
A New York Times (8/8) feature said rising temperatures are drying out carbon-rich peatlands, which are becoming more susceptible to burning and releasing more carbon into the atmosphere.
Reuters (8/15) said Mexico will begin a pilot cap-and-trade program, which will serve as a test run for a national carbon market set to launch in 2018.
Climate Home (8/11) said Brazil’s Senate approved the Paris climate agreement, clearing the way for ratification this September.
The Hill (8/10) said the United States and India agreed to spend $30 million to research smart grid and energy storage technologies – with $15 million of the total coming from private sector partners.
The Hill (8/13) said U.S. President Obama announced he will roll out new tools to combat climate change before the end of his term.
The Washington Post (8/16) reported on one measure rolled out Tuesday: new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
Katherine serves as the social media manager, content entry and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She assists with research and writing, such as the weekly news summaries. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental resources. She previously worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Katherine is committed to helping solve the climate crisis and is excited to apply her skills on the Climatelinks team.