Currently in Boston — July 27th, 2022
The weather, currently.
Temperatures overnight will fall back down into the 50s and lower 60s for a comfortable night of sleeping. Look for plenty of sunshine on Wednesday with highs getting into the 80s but humidity levels will be low.
It turns warmer and definitely humid for Thursday and Friday with two points getting back into the 70s making it uncomfortable. There is the chance for a couple of showers Thursday afternoon and perhaps on Friday but the odds of it happening are lower than the odds that it doesn't. Drought shows no signs of relinquishing grip across New England and we're probably going to have to wait until fall before things really change.
What you need to know, currently.
The U.S. will plant 1 billion trees across the millions of acres of burnt and dead forests in the American West, the Biden administration announced on Monday.
This announcement is the latest in forest regeneration efforts by the federal government. In April, the President signed an executive order to protect old-growth forests. In August, the nation signed on to an effort to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide.
Unfortunately, not much action-based change has taken place, as the Biden administration continues to toy with the notion of declaring a climate emergency, which could potentially lead to more national efforts to tackle climate change.
In the meantime, as climate change continues to scorch woodlands, the Department of Agriculture has led reforestation efforts by using funds from the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act as well as the bipartisan infrastructure law.
So far, wildfires have decimated 5.6 million acres in the U.S. this year. Some forests naturally regenerate after fires, but, because of human-induced climate change, the wildfires have become more frequent and severe, leaving forests barren for decades before they can start to sprout back up. This replanting plan could change things, as it will nurture forests’ natural regeneration, mitigating the effects of climate change and making them more resilient to threats of wildfires and drought.
The Forest Service expanded their reforestation funds up to about $100 million. The agency also plans to plant about 400,000 acres of forest annually, particularly in the West, where wildfires continually rage.