The Daily PlanetWatch for Friday, July 5
- Hottest June Ever. I live in San Francisco, known for its moderate, Mediterranean climate, and Karl the Fog. Heat waves typically (not always) mean temperatures in the 80s (Fahrenheit, of course. SF is a strange place, but it isn't Venus), but things aren't typical, here are anywhere else. Anchorage Alaska celebrated their 4th of July holiday with record-breaking 90-degree heat. For Europe, the heat brought little to celebrate, pushing a new global record for the hottest June in recorded human history.
- We'll say it again: We risk losing the Amazon Rainforest. Even though we just talked about deforestation in the Amazon earlier this week, it bears repeating, so at least if it does happen, we can't say we weren't warned.
- As much as we try not to think about it, we can't have it all. We need to learn to share the planet. I don't mean "with each other" - that much should be obvious - but as a species. Like I said, it's hard to even know how to think about something like that. But with a population now pushing toward 8 billion, anticipating 10 billion by mid-century, somebody has to. Writing in ScienceMag, Jonathan Baillie and Ya-Ping Zhang ask the inconvenient question: How much of the planet should we leave for other forms of life?
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