underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-arctic-plastic/punch-in-the-gut-as-scientists-find-micro-plastic-in-arctic-ice-idUSKCN1V41V2
While most of us do not have the power to make the air cleaner, there are some ways to protect yourself. www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/well/live/how-to-reduce-exposure-to-air-pollution.html
Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up: m.phys.org/news/2019-08-mississippi-threat-hurricane-season.html
Sharks? Snakes? The animal that’s deadliest to humans probably isn’t what you think it is. www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/what-is-the-worlds-deadliest-animal
Lightning strikes detected within 200 to 300 miles of the North Pole constitute a rare, though probably not unprecedented, event. www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/08/12/lightning-struck-within-miles-north-pole-saturday-rapid-arctic-warming-continues/
This chart shows you the Heat Index…which is the temperature your body is reacting to regardless of the actual air temperature. Obviously the drier the air, the easier it is on your body to handle the heat. Depending on your physical condition & level of hydration, the indices in the white range can be tolerated well if you pace yourself. The beige, yellow, orange, and red indices are where even the most physically fit and well hydrated people can get into trouble very, very fast. If you’re in doubt, pace yourself, stay very well hydrated, and don’t forget the sunscreen. Those UV rays will wreck havoc on your skin.
The heat helped spur wildfires that shrouded much of the state in smoke. grist.org/article/alaska-barren-of-sea-ice-saw-its-hottest-july-in-125-years/