Currently in Boston — June 17th, 2022

Cool and dry for the upcoming weekend

The weather, currently.

More humidity and warmer temperatures will be on tap for Friday as readings get into the mid to upper 80s during the afternoon. There might be a early morning shower and then another shower or a thunderstorm in the afternoon. It's not out of the question that many of you miss all of this completely but if you do receive one of the showers it could leave a quick downpour. A frontal system will pass the area by late Friday night and this will allow cooler and drier air to move in for the upcoming weekend. You can also expect lots of sunshine.Temperatures will be in the 50s each morning and only reach the 70s in the afternoon with some 60s across the Worcester hills.

—Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

We have a story up today from Anuradha Varanasi on the colonial history of pine trees in the Himalayas, the ecological problems they present, and the way pine needles could be used as a climate solution.

“Since the late 1800s, under British rule, native oak and deodar forests were razed for more than a century to build India’s extensive railway network and for other commercial purposes,” Varanasi writes. “For procuring resin in the 20th century, the British opted for large-scale pine plantations instead of re-planting native oak trees, which are resistant to wildfires. Not only do pine trees grow rapidly, but they also deplete groundwater, modify soil properties, and prevent the growth of other native trees, shrubs, and grass."

"'The pine forests act as bombs waiting to explode by the smallest of spark,' said Pavan Vyas, a fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE). 'Even when dry pine needles are lit in the form of controlled burns, they spread rapidly owing to the accumulation of pine needles on the forest floor as thick as 24 centimeters, causing forest fires which are hard to tackle without adequate infrastructure.'"

Now, the needles are being collected by groups of women and converted to bio-pellets.

Click here to read the full story!