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A prophetic poem written by a man from Derna, Libya, just days before catastrophe struck his country last week, has gone viral. His poem warned of a failed state—and rain as a “a sign of goodness, a promise of help, an alarm bell.” Tragically, the poet, Mustafa al-Trabelsi, was himself a victim of the flooding in Libya, which left more than 11,000 people dead and 10,000 missing. The Guardian reports that shortly before the deluge, he attended a meeting to discuss the condition of two dams and flood risk.
On 10 September 2023, heavy rains caused by Storm Daniel flooded many cities in eastern Libya, with the city of Derna being the worst hit. | Credit: European Union, Copernicus Emergency Management Service data
The world’s oceans are heating up because of the climate crisis, which is leading to ice-melting, sea-level rise, and marine heatwaves. Perhaps less talked about though, is that warmer temperatures are also reducing the amount of dissolved oxygen the seas can hold, causing more dead zones where marine life can’t survive. However, these low-oxygen areas aren’t confined to the ocean. According to new research led by Penn State, thanks to global warming we could one day have dead zones in rivers where the process is happening faster.
Bruneau River, Idaho | Credit: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management
Last week, the Senate began the first of several meetings with tech leaders about regulating artificial intelligence, or AI. While there’s much concern that the technology could eliminate jobs and spread disinformation, another risk perhaps less acknowledged is that AI is thirsty—not just for knowledge but also for water.
Data processing centers consume water by using electricity from steam generating power plants and by using on-site chillers to keep their servers cool. | Credit: Evan Fields/UCR
If you take outside public transit in the middle of summer, you might find yourself looking for some shade from the sun, but don’t assume that a bus shelter will help. It could actually make you hotter. That’s what an investigation by Houston Public Media revealed in what may be a first-of-its-kind examination into the dangers of waiting for a bus as the climate warms.
Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media