More Rain on Tap for Northeast to Start WeekThe weekend saw a lot of rain in parts of the Northeast. Several areas reported flooded streets. More rain is in the forecast into midweek in the region.
At a Glance
- Flooding prompted evacuations and water rescues in Pennsylvania Monday morning.
- Streets were flooded from Boston to Long Island on Sunday.
- Flooding washed cars from a New Jersey dealership into a river.
It’s the year 2300. Extreme weather events such as building-flattening hurricanes, years-long droughts and wildfires are so common that they no longer make headlines. The last groups of humans left near the sizzling equator pack their bags and move toward the now densely populated poles.
This so-called “hothouse Earth,” where global temperatures will be 7 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 5 degrees Celsius) higher than preindustrial temperatures and sea levels will be 33 to 200 feet (10 to 60 meters) higher than today, is hard to imagine — but easy to fall into, said a new perspective article published today (Aug. 6) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Top 9 Ways the World Could End]
In the article, a group of scientists argued that there is a threshold temperature above which natural feedback systems that currently keep the Earth cool will unravel. At that point, a cascade of climate events will thrust the planet into a “hothouse” state. Though the scientists don’t know exactly what this threshold is, they said it could be as slight as 2 degrees C (around 4 degrees F) of warming above preindustrial levels.
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On 30 of 31 days in July, the border force missed its target of a 45-minute wait or less for 95% of visitors from outside the European Economic Area.
Virgin Atlantic, which obtained the data, said passengers were “frustrated”.
The government said it would send 200 extra staff to Heathrow this summer.
According to the data, the longest immigration queues were on 6 July when travellers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) – an area made up of 31 European countries – had to wait in line for up to two hours and 36 minutes.
KAVIK RIVER CAMP, Alaska — Alaska’s North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state’s seismologist said. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday, the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-biggest city. The agency says the earthquake had a depth of about 6 miles.
State seismologist Mike West told the Anchorage Daily News that the quake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope by a substantial amount. “This is a very significant event that will take us some time to understand,” he told the Daily News.
The previous most powerful quake in the North Slope was in 1995 at magnitude 5.2, West told the newspaper.
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Police say there were no fatalities or serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash around 5:30 p.m. caused a school bus to flip over and block multiple lanes of traffic. The other vehicle in the crash reportedly sped off from the scene, CBS New York reports.
Authorities say 42 adults and children were taken to area hospitals and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
The bus overturned Saturday in East Brunswick. The bus was heading back to Newark from the Mayor’s Family Reunion/Picnic at the Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone, N.J.
First, the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., placed a record number of conservative, constitutionally minded judges on the federal bench.
Second, President Trump moved power out of Washington and liberated businesses to accelerate economic growth through his historic deregulation effort.
Third, the president succeeded in working with congressional Republicans to pass a massive tax cut that has created jobs and grown the economy much faster than any of the elites thought possible.
Fourth, the president began to rebuild the American military after the Obama administration spent eight years deliberately undermining it.
Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – all bordering the Caspian Sea – have agreed in principle on how to divide it up.
Their leaders signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the Kazakh city of Aktau on Sunday.
It establishes a formula for dividing up its resources and prevents other powers from setting up a military presence there.
It is an important step in the easing of regional tensions, but the deal over the world’s largest inland body of water matters for several reasons.
On Saturday, 3,000 people – mostly teenage boys – rode through the capital, pulling tricks and stopping the traffic.
Jake, 19 – also known as Jake 100 – set up the Bikestormz project with his friend Mac after his best friend’s older brother was stabbed to death.
“I quite literally want people to put their knives down and pick their bikes up,” Jake told the BBC.
“Hence the slogan Knives Down, Bikes Up.”
The 2018 Unite the Right Rally in the nation’s capital Sunday was expected to draw various extremist groups, including some of the white supremacist and white nationalist organizations present in Charlottesville last year.
On Wednesday, the US government will report retail sales for July. The Commerce Department said consumer spending grew at a 4% pace in the second quarter, and May and June were particularly strong. Wall Street analysts expect retail sales remained solid in July, even though consumer sentiment dipped a bit.
Investors will pay particularly close attention to retailers’ outlooks for the rest of the year to gauge how robustly consumers are expected to spend through the holidays. Higher inflation is beginning to eat into people’s paychecks. Wage growth has remained tepid, yet gas prices are rising, and tariffs have boosted prices on everything from cars to soda.