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June 8, 2022

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Dangerous and potentially deadly heat will settle over the Southwestern United States for the next several days, with temperatures in some locations expected to break records and exceed 110 degrees.

More than 22 million people in California, Nevada and Arizona are under some sort of heat-related alert through at least part of the weekend, the National Weather Service said. A heat wave is defined as a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather that lasts for two or more days.

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“Please protect yourself,” the Weather Service office in Phoenix warned residents, while the office in Sacramento said that the heat would affect everyone, not just people most sensitive to heat risk. Meteorologists in San Diego advised residents to learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Here’s what you should know.

What’s the forecast?

It’s going to be dry and very hot. An excessive heat warning was in effect through Sunday night for the San Diego area, where temperatures were forecast to reach 117 degrees. Similar sweltering conditions were expected around the Grand Canyon and other parts of central Arizona, including Flagstaff. Las Vegas, a city used to soaring temperatures, could reach 110 degrees. Some of the most extreme heat is predicted in Death Valley, along the California-Nevada border, where the mercury could rise to 121 degrees.

An excessive heat watch was in effect through Saturday for a large swath of California from Sacramento to Los Angeles. Temperatures up to 106 degrees were expected in the San Joaquin Valley and the lower Sierra Nevada foothills, while highs around the Bay Area could peak at 102 degrees. In Los Angeles, temperatures may max out at 105 degrees.

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A small section of Northern California and western Nevada was under a heat advisory until at least Friday. Temperatures around the region were expected to top out around 100 degrees.

How bad will it get?

Don’t expect the heat to subside anytime soon. This is the beginning of a potentially scorching summer.

In a report issued last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that above-normal temperatures were likely across almost all of the lower 48 states in June, July and August, except for small areas in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains. In addition to high temperatures, the agency expected lower-than-normal precipitation across the West, which continues to face a gripping drought.

What precautions should I take?

This is the first heat event of the summer season, meteorologists said, adding that many people have not yet become acclimatized to heat and may be more affected than normal by high temperatures.

Forecasters said that now was a good time to ensure that cooling systems were in good working order. They also said to stay in air-conditioned rooms and reminded residents that children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles.

As ever, staying hydrated during heat events is key. Drink water more than normal and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary or caffeinated drinks.

What is the heat index?

The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels outside, when humidity and other factors are considered along with the temperature, according to Kimberly McMahon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

While the heat index is routinely used to provide a more accurate measure of what it feels like outside, meteorologists also use it to indicate exactly how much heat the human body can tolerate. Dizziness, thirst and heavy sweating are signs of heat exhaustion, according to the Weather Service. The signs of heat stroke are more serious and can include confusion and unconsciousness, in which case call 911 and move the person to a cooler area.

When will it end?

Depending on the location, most heat-related alerts will expire by Saturday evening or Sunday evening.

Recent heat waves have been deadly.

Late last month, blazing heat and humidity tied or broke heat records in cities from Texas to Massachusetts. And last summer, record-breaking heat over the Pacific Northwest led to the deaths of hundreds of people and jeopardized the health of laborers in fields and warehouses.

The deadly weather event would have been all but impossible without climate change, according to a team of researchers.

The post More Than 22 Million in Southwest Brace for Dangerous Heat appeared first on New York Times.

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BOSTON — It was only the second quarter, but the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum seemed determined to build on a theme as he eyed an opportunity on Wednesday night. He took a hard dribble at Stephen Curry, spun to his right and drove straight into the lane before depositing a layup over his smaller defender.

The Celtics were eager to familiarize themselves with the basket in Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals. So they used their size to bully various members of the Golden State Warriors in the low post and off the dribble. They attempted layups. They dunked. They threw short jumpers off the glass.

In the process, Boston even survived one of Golden State’s hallmark third-quarter runs to escape with a 116-100 win at TD Garden and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is in Boston on Friday.

The Celtics, who opened the fourth quarter by building a healthy cushion, were led by Jaylen Brown, who had 27 points and 9 rebounds. Tatum added 26 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and Marcus Smart finished with 24 points. Curry had 31 points in the loss, and Klay Thompson added 25. The Celtics did most of their damage in the paint, where they outscored Golden State, 52-26.

After the first two games were in San Francisco, the series swung to Boston, a fitting site for the finals as the league celebrates the last few flickering embers of its 75th anniversary. The Celtics are chasing their 18th championship, while Golden State is making its sixth finals appearance in eight seasons.

Two of the league’s original franchises, the Celtics and the Warriors now mirror each other in another important way: Both rosters were largely constructed through drafting. And while Boston is making its first finals appearance since 2010, Celtics Coach Ime Udoka said he hoped to emulate Golden State’s long-term success.

“It’s a model for what we want to do here,” Udoka said.

The Celtics, who lost Game 2 on Sunday, have not lost consecutive games this postseason. Before Wednesday’s game, Udoka cited his team’s resilience.

“I think we put it behind us pretty quickly,” he said, “and kind of attacked the areas that we did poorly and tried to improve on those.”

About an hour and a half before the start of Game 3, as some of Golden State’s players made their way onto the court for individual warm-up work, the reserve guard Gary Payton II noticed that one of the rims seemed a bit off. He was right: It was about two inches too high.

“It happens every once in a while,” Golden State Coach Steve Kerr said before the game. “Players have a really sharp eye for that.”

The rim was soon lowered to its proper 10-foot height, but it did not seem to help. Golden State got off to a brutal start, missing 11 of its first 15 field-goal attempts as Boston ran out to a 24-9 lead. Making matters worse, Curry picked up two early fouls.

If there was concern for the Celtics, it came in the form of Tatum’s right shoulder, which he first injured in the Eastern Conference finals against Miami. On Wednesday, he was grimacing in pain after drawing a foul on an early drive.

But his 3-pointer midway through the second quarter pushed the Celtics ahead by 18. Boston shot 57.4 percent from the field to take a 68-56 lead at halftime.

All eyes, though, were on the start of the second half. In Games 1 and 2, Golden State had dominated both third quarters, outscoring Boston by a total of 35 points. The third quarter was particularly problematic for the Celtics in Game 2, when they shot 4 of 17 from the field, committed five turnovers and were outscored, 35-14. A close game quickly turned into a rout.

On Wednesday, Golden State was trailing by 9 when the team summoned some more third-quarter magic. Curry made a 3-pointer and absorbed contact for good measure when the Celtics’ Al Horford slid underneath him. It was ruled a flagrant-1 foul, which meant Golden State would retain possession after a free throw.

Curry sank the free throw, then Otto Porter Jr. buried another 3-pointer for a 7-point possession that trimmed Boston’s lead to 2.

It was an anxious moment for the Celtics, who could have folded but instead revealed their toughness once more. Early in the fourth quarter, Smart banked in a 3-pointer. Moments later, Grant Williams corralled an offensive rebound for a put back, forcing Kerr to a call for a timeout as the home crowd roared.

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The environment is facing an existential crisis and we need to act now by cutting emissions to address poor air quality and stop climate change. Policymakers, industry, academia and thought leaders must work together to neutralize those threats. The upcoming Euro 7/VII regulation proposal, if ambitious enough, has the potential to make a significant difference.

The EU is a trailblazer in climate policy and has set clear ambitions to be climate neutral by 2050 through the ambitious European Green Deal. The Fit for 55 package has been an excellent set of measures to spur the transition, and the RepowerEU plan will now hopefully function as the catalyst needed to create change even quicker. There is just one missing piece of the puzzle needed to speed up the transition — the proposed regulations for Euro 7/VII for cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles.

At Cummins, we are committed to reaching zero emissions through our Destination Zero strategy. We fully support a tough, clear, enforceable Euro 7/VII regulation that allows us to compete on a level playing field and provides real benefits to the environment. Our technical experts are confident we can meet ambitious targets, and we hope the regulation proposal reflects those ambitions when published.

The European Green Deal strategy mirrors our own Planet 2050 plan at Cummins, where we hold ambitions for all our facilities, operations and products to become climate neutral by 2050. Cummins is a global technology leader committed to meeting the world’s sustainability challenges. We have been innovating for well over 100 years and have a strong footprint in Europe, where we design, manufacture, sell and service a broad portfolio of power solutions for transport and energy applications.

On this path to a zero-emission future, adopting cleaner technologies today, like near-zero natural gas products and nearer-to-zero diesel, prior to widespread commercialization of zero-emission technologies for all markets, can make an immediate, positive impact. The Euro 7/VII regulation and its interaction with the heavy-duty vehicle CO2 regulation, therefore, are critical for cutting emissions and improving air quality at the beginning of this journey to a zero-emissions future. That near-term step is critical for the heavy-duty sector, which, from an air quality and emissions perspective, is much harder to abate than other sectors due to their typical usage demands and weight.

For the industry to innovate, we need a clear roadmap and timetable from policymakers on what regulations are approaching in the coming years. As the world’s largest independent engine manufacturer in the heavy-duty space, knowing and understanding the Euro 7/VII regulation in full detail is critical to our business and that of our customers.

The regulation timing determines our product planning, technology development, investment decisions and path to zero-emissions. Any further delay to the proposed July publication of the Euro 7/VII regulation proposal is very difficult for those in the industry who require time to innovate, develop and launch a product. We hope the Euro 7/VII regulation will remain on its latest updated schedule, as there is a high level of complexity and corresponding time needed to deliver a new engine technology platform. Cummins is ready to meet the demands of stringent regulation, but meeting it would require new base engine hardware, new software, new aftertreatment architectures and components, to name just a few considerations. And we want to be sure the lead time is adequate so that the necessary innovation can take place to benefit the environment, our customers and end-users with new and reliable technologies.

There is no silver bullet for the heavy-duty sector on the path to zero-emissions. A suite of different power solutions will be needed to meet Euro 7/VII requirements and reach the destination zero goals set out in the European Green Deal. Policy proposals taking a technology-neutral approach are critical for innovation and will ensure that the Euro 7/VII proposal will be successful. On our innovation journey for the heavy-duty sector, Cummins has unveiled the industry’s first fuel-agnostic internal combustion engine platform, which can be specified to run optimally on different fuels, including diesel, renewable natural gas or hydrogen. These technologies can enable our customers and end-users to step away from fossil fuels and affordably meet the Euro 7/VII requirements.

Cummins has been investing heavily in zero-emission technologies, spending over €1 billion in research and technology each year. Cummins is now a world leader in battery and hydrogen technology, with much of this work taking place in Europe. Cummins has a fuel cell manufacturing plant in Herten, Germany, providing power solutions for trains and trucks. Cummins is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electrolyzers for green hydrogen production, with facilities in Belgium and a future plant in Spain. And we have a joint venture with NPROXX for manufacturing critical hydrogen tanks for storage and transport in Germany. These are all technologies that are essential to the creation of a hydrogen economy here in Europe, and to the success of the European Green Deal.

The heavy-duty engine and vehicle industry in Europe has faced more significant challenges over the past three years than in living memory — Brexit, COVID-19, significant supply-chain shortages and now the crisis in Ukraine. Having a period of regulatory certainty with clear deliverables, while meeting the challenges set out in the European Green Deal, will be key to the sector’s success. We ask that the impending Euro 7/VII regulation proposal is timely, clear, ambitious and technologically neutral in its approach. If so, it would provide the missing puzzle piece in turning the corner for the sector, for a more sustainable and prosperous future in Europe.

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