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    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media after the 51-50 vote passed the "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. August 7, 2022. Ken Cedeno | Reuters The Senate has voted to ratify a global climate treaty that will phase down the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the climate-warming chemicals widely used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. The Senate voted 69-27 on Wednesday to move forward the 2016 Kigali Amendment, an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol climate treaty that dramatically curbs the use of HFCs, which are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide at heating up the Earth. Forty-eight Democrats and 21 Republicans voted in favor; four members of the Senate did not vote. The Environmental Protection Agency has said that regulatory action on such chemicals could help avoid up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of the century. Emissions from HFCs rose between 2018 and 2019, according to the EPA, as demand for air-conditioning and refrigeration rose amid record high temperatures in the U.S....
    (CNN)It was only a matter time before the water system in Jackson, Mississippi, failed, authorities said, and this week those concerns became a reality, leaving residents with no reliable running water in their homes and forcing schools and businesses to close.The system has been plagued with problems for years and the city was already under a boil water notice since late July. Now residents are contending with no water coming out of their faucets, or at times seeing brown water.Mother of three Cassandra Welchlin, executive director of the Mississippi Black Women's Roundtable, told CNN her kids are out of school and they've had to buy water to cook, brush their teeth and for other basic necessities.Everyone knew Jacksons water crisis was comingWelchlin said brown water has been running from her taps. "We still would not use that water, we don't boil it to do anything with it because grit is in the water," she said. "It's a really bad public safety issue."Jackson resident, Jeraldine Watts, said she was able to snag some of the last water bottle cases at a...
    Teachers at Columbus City Schools in Ohio have voted to strike due to alleged disagreements over learning and teaching conditions, including functional air conditioning and heating inside classrooms. The members of the Columbus Education Association teachers union, an affiliate of the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the country, voted with 94% in favor of rejecting the school board's final offer Sunday evening. The strike will be the union's first one since 1975. FLORIDA WON'T BE 'WOKE DUMPSTER FIRE': DESANTIS ANNOUNCES TEACHER RECRUITMENT PLAN "CEA is committed to bargaining for the safe and welcoming, properly maintained, and fully-resourced public schools Columbus students deserve," the union said in a tweet announcing the rejection. "As the board stated last night, the decision to strike by the Columbus Education Association is incredibly disappointing. We are very saddened by the unfortunate situation our families, our community, and, most important, our children now face," said Jennifer Adair, president of the Board of Education for Columbus City Schools, at a press conference Monday. Adair continued, "School starts on...
    The CEA requested that the school board provide higher wages for all teachers, smaller class sizes, heating and air conditioning inside all classrooms, full-time teachers for extracurricular classes, and a limit on the number of class periods. On August 18, the school board said that it had offered the teachers an annual 3% raise, a $2,000 bonus, and a promise to install air conditioning in classrooms. The board also mentioned that it would consider smaller class sizes. The CEA stated that it is not content with the language in the contract regarding air conditioning for classrooms. Fuentes stated, "It is with a full understanding of the sacrifices that students, parents, and teachers will make together to win the schools Columbus students deserve that CEA members overwhelmingly rejected the Board's last, best, and final offer tonight and voted to strike." In response to the picketing, the school board has scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday evening. Currently, there are no scheduled negotiations between the union and the board.
    (CNN)Heat warnings and advisories are coating the Pacific Northwest as daily temperatures soar to record-breaking levels in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, stirring memories of the blistering heat wave that brought all-time records last year. And the heat isn't limited to one region. Nearly 40 million people are under heat alerts Wednesday in the Northwest and the South, including in Dallas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. Parts of the Carolinas are also feeling the heat, reaching heat indices, or "feels like temperatures," of 105 degrees and above. The South has suffered through excessive heat for most of July without much relief, stressing power grids in Texas and causing flash drought conditions in the region, forcing some farmers to sell their cattle. While daytime record highs will not be set nearly as often in the Southeast, abnormally high minimum temperatures will be quite common, giving residents from Texas to the Carolinas little relief from highs in the 90s to 100s they will see through the rest of the week, the Weather Prediction Center said on its website.JUST WATCHEDSt. Louis...
    YOUR air conditioner likely adds more charges to your electric bill than any other appliance in your home. The US Department of Energy (DOE) reported that air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States - that's an annual cost of about $29billion to homeowners.  2TikTok user mrs_cantbebothered discovered that she was spending more on energy because her central air unit was dirty, making it work less efficiently And if you have a central air system with an outdoor unit, one simple mistake could be costing you hundreds over the course of the summer. TikTok user mrs_cantbebothered posted a video on TikTok explaining that she realized she needed to clean her unit, and said her bill was reduced by nearly 50% after the maintenance work. She broke down the process into three simple steps. After turning her unit off so she could safely work on it, Kiley - who runs the account - began cleaning off the dust and dirt that accumulated around her AC coil. READ MORE ON ENERGY BILLSCUTTING COSTS I'm a...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Demand All Prisons Install Air Conditioning, Protect Out Of State Abortions, Halt The Use of Marine Mammals In Acts of War. We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Save These Animals From Slowly Suffocating...
    WE all know how it feels - you've been baking hot all day, only to get to bed and find you can't sleep. Not to mention trying to keep cool in the daytime in the heat of the summer sun. 2Sleeping when it's hot can be frustrating to say the leastCredit: Getty - Contributor While air conditioning is a luxury that most Brits can't afford - or justify - opening a window or stripping off seems to be about the easiest option. But if you're fed up of tossing and turning as you try to get comfortable, you'll be pleased to hear there are several other ways that you can cool your room before bedtime and get it comfortable enough to fall asleep... Read More in HeatwaveFAN CLUB Mum shares Home Bargains buy she's using to help her kids during the heatwaveHOME TRUTHS Five top tips to keep your home safe during heatwave & avoid spending thousands 1. Close the blinds It might look a little weird to your neighbours, but trust us when we say that you'll be...
    A new report claims that the three American tourists found dead at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas died from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee, and Vincent Chiarella, 64, of Florida, were all found dead on May 6 inside neighboring villas at the resort on Great Exuma Island. The trio were not traveling together. Vincent's 65-year-old wife, Donnis, was last said to be in good condition and recovering nicely at a hospital in Miami.  A pathologist is releasing a report today saying that carbon monoxide poisoning was determined to be the cause of death, according to the Nassau Guardian.   Several recent reviewers on TripAdvisor reported seeing bugs in their rooms and one guest speculated that issues with the air conditioning may have caused Freon poisoning.  All three had reportedly sought medical treatment while staying at the Sandals, the Nassau Guardian reported.   A spokesperson for Sandals would not comment on the possibility of food poisoning and referred DailyMail.com to an earlier statement.   Vincent Chiarella, left, was found dead at a Bahamas resort on Friday...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fan giveaway was organized by Pennsylvania State Rep. Amen Brown at the Brith Sholom House in Wynnefield Heights. The representative learned that part of the building has been without air conditioning just as the heatwave was set to arrive. Brown also brought bottled water and bagged ice for the residents — many of whom are senior citizens. READ MORE: Philadelphia Eagles Raise More Than $4 Million At 5th Annual Autism Challenge“We got a heatwave coming, we can’t wait on whatever city, state or federal agency to say, ‘Oh we’ll get to you within a couple weeks,’” Brown said. “We have to solve real people’s issues right now.” READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect As Temperatures Hit Record Highs On SaturdayTwo hundred fans, 200 bags of ice, and 150 cases of water were donated. MORE NEWS: Thousands Of Young Rowers Compete In 95th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta On Schuylkill RiverBrown says the ice and water were purchased from local Black-owned businesses.
    Three Maryland lawmakers are concerned about what they called “unacceptable living conditions” at the Naval Support Activity Bethesda, which is home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Rep. Jamie Raskin and Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin are calling for the conditions to be improved. In a letter addressed to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, the three Democrats cited a report from the Navy Times that said enlisted sailors and soldiers experienced harsh living conditions at two barracks, Sanctuary Hall and Comfort Hall. Combined, they house about 500 service members. More National Security News More Maryland News The report describes months without air conditioning last summer when rooms would rise to a sweltering 95 degrees. Often, rooms were assigned with no working thermostats or fridges. There was limited access to hot water too, meaning a cold shower after a 10- to 12-hour shift at Walter Reed. The Navy Times described Naval Support Activity Bethesda leadership admitting the reporting processes were problematic and “some of our people who were not taking care of these trouble tickets the...
    Climate change will drive an increase in the number of homes and businesses running air conditioning through the summer in the US, according to a new study.  This could result in prolonged blackouts during peak times, if more is not done to increase power capacity and improve efficiency of power plants, according to research carried out by the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC. To better understand the impact of climate change on air conditioning use, the researchers projected summertime usage against different levels of warming. For example, if temperatures rise by 2.7F over pre-industrial levels - a target set by the UN to limit the worst of climate change - demand would still outstrip capacity by as much as 8 per cent, the researchers revealed. If temperatures rise by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, a more likely outcome based on current trends, then demand would be 13 per cent higher than production capacity. The team say improvements in the efficiency of home air conditioning appliances by up to 8 per cent, would allow for increased use without higher power demands.  Climate change...
    As climate change pushes temperatures ever higher, Californians could lose air conditioning for roughly one week each summer because the demand for cooling will have exceeded the capacity of the electrical grid, a new study has found. Absent any improvement to the power infrastructure or the efficiency of air conditioners, researchers say the state could hit this sweltering mark by the early 2030s, when global average temperature is predicted to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. If that happens, residents can expect more rolling blackouts like those seen during the punishing heatwave of August 2020, or even prolonged outages like the ones that followed severe winter storms that hit Texas in February 2021, according to the authors of the study, which appeared in Earth’s Future, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. The researchers projected an even bigger increase in air conditioner-less days in some Southern and Midwestern states. Researchers predicted an average of 13.9 days for Missouri and 13.5 days for Illinois. Climate & Environment As heat waves intensify, access to air conditioning can mean life...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — First it was the pandemic, now it’s these summer-like temperatures, interrupting learning for thousands of students. Wednesday was the third day in a row that classes were cut short because it’s simply too hot to learn. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Baltimore, Cecil & Harford Counties “It’s crazy, it doesn’t make any sense,” said Brittany Carpenter. It’s a hot mess inside some Baltimore City Public Schools. “I think that it’s very unfortunate children don’t have air conditioning,” said April, parent. More than two dozen city schools were forced to send students home early because they don’t have air conditioning. “Every single day it’s just like uh stop-start all over again stop maybe the weather will be better tomorrow,” said Carpenter. Carpenter said with the high temperatures and the face masks, it’s a dangerous mix for her third-grader who has asthma. READ MORE: Three Men Charged In Connection With The Murder Of 8-Year-Old PJ Evans “He’s been a real trooper about it but because of the mask, everything is kind of just a hot...
    Nine people have died from excessive heat in New Orleans, as tens of thousands swelter in heat of up to 100 degrees without air conditioning after having their power knocked out by Hurricane Ida. More than 250,000 homes and businesses remain without power nearly two weeks after Ida wreaked havoc in the state.  The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the death toll related to the hurricane has risen to 26, after eleven people died between August 30 and September 6.  Nine of the deaths were due to excessive heat and two were from carbon monoxide poisoning, the department said.  Earlier in the week, the Louisiana department of health issued a warning about using generators inside or too close to the home, after 141 people were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning.  Jeremiah Lewis (pictured) adjusts a citronella candle on his neighbor's porch in the Bywater neighborhood, he is one of thousands of Louisiana residents left without power after Ida Utility crews across Louisiana are working on fixing downed power lines and restoring power in the state   As of...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Outside Parkside Manor in Brookline, residents are gathering. “We need help, we have people on oxygen here, heart conditions, that are having a hard time breathing,” said Paulette Zaleski, who lives at Parkside Manor. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet Facing State Fines And Sanctions For Ethical Violations This group told KDKA it’s cooler outside than inside. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Our thermostats are up to 90 degrees now and we have a hot week,” Zaleski said. This eight-floor building filled with over 80 senior citizens is without air conditioning with no end in sight, according to the residents. READ MORE: Man Wanted For Allegedly Sexually Abusing Girl Arrested In Sharpsburg “Can’t sleep at night, just overwhelming. You get out of the shower and before you even dry off, you are just well, it’s just awful,” said resident Rosemarie Sapsara. The residents told KDKA they are tired of being told it’s being fixed. “They just feel like you are a complainer all the time. We are seniors, but we aren’t stupid,” said Beverly Piacquadio. KDKA reached...
    BERWYN, Ill. (WLS) -- There are reports that some suburban Berwyn students have gotten sick from heat exhaustion at Morton West High School. Parents claimed that on one of the hottest days of the season, there was no air conditioning in their students' classrooms.Even as temperatures boiled outside, students at Morton West High School said it was even worse inside. While the building's newer wing has air conditioning, they said the main wing does not."This kid was sitting on the floor in front of the fan and they told him to go sit in his seat. And when he got up, he passed out," said Haley Matos, a sophomore at Morton West. "I had to call my mom and let her know I was getting very light-headed, to the point I could pass out and I felt like I was going to throw up and everything because of the heat."Matos is not alone. Her mom, Serena, had to take Haley's brother home three days last week."He was throwing up. He was just overheated," Serena Matos said. "The nurse said she...
    CRETE, Ill. (CBS) — Pencils, calculators and deoderant? The sticky start to the masked school year has some teachers calling on children to bring a unique list of supplies this year. The lack of air conditioning in one Will County district is making for a historically tricky return to school. “Students come back from the extremely hot lunchroom with sweat pouring down their faces. The kids with allergies become so enflamed, their eyes are red and itchy, and they can’t concentrate. The papers we pass out are curling because of the humidity,” said one teacher. READ MORE: Woman Was Approved For PUA Benefits, But Later Ruled Ineligible, And Now State Of Illinois Is Garnishing Her Wages And Charging Fee For It Their classroom is in the mid 80s. The building at Crete Elementary is in its mid 90s. “We’ve always dealt with some warm summers coming in but never with a mask mandate,” said Crete-Monee School District Superintendent Kara Coglianese. “We shouldn’t even be at this point, but we are,” said parent Jamie Healy. “Bring deoderant, bring extra water because...
    A 74-year-old Connecticut man has been arrested for cruelty to animals after allegedly leaving his animal in a hot vehicle with no water or air conditioning.  New Haven County resident Michael Cappetoo, of Milford, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 16, after police responded to the Walmart parking lot located at 1365 Boston Post Road on the report of a dog left in a vehicle that appeared to be in distress.  An investigation led to the arrest of Cappetto who is accused of leaving his dog in the car for approximately one hour with no water and no air conditioning.  He was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a promise to appear ticket. 
    Air conditioning can be the best friend when traveling by car in the middle of summer, but you have to make correct use of this ventilation system so that everything flows as it should. Summer is the time when air conditioning is most used. Maintaining the proper interior temperature is essential for efficient driving and not falling prey to heat exhaustion. In fact, heat exhaustion can have effects on people similar to those of drunkenness. This effect is called “heat drunkenness” and works against drivers during car journeys. Turning on the air conditioning seems the easiest solution, but not everything is so simple. In fact, there are certain mistakes that are made when using this measure to keep cool in the vehicle. The DGT warns of them and we are going to summarize them. The first mistake is to put the air to the maximum. Yes, it is very hot and the interior of the car is not usually the coolest place. But the most advisable thing is, when starting off, let the vehicle air out for a minute with...
    Dangerous temperatures exceeding 105 degrees Fahrenheit in select areas of the Northeast and Northwest have prompted excessive heat warnings. The weather conditions pose a threat to young children, older adults and anyone who doesn’t take the right safety precautions before and during the heat wave. Dozens of deaths having been reported since the heat waves started in June, all of which can be prevented with a few measures to ensure that both you and your family can safely get through this heat wave. The first step is prevention. Here are some safety tips that can be used to help ease the heat impact before it even begins: If you do not have air conditioning, like many citizens in Oregon and Washington, then consider going to public places that do, such as malls or libraries; your local health department should be able to help you find a cooling area near you. Cover your windows with curtains or blinds to block sunlight from coming in. Do not rely on fans to keep you cool because they have no effect on the...
    Cold enough for you … ? … asked no one living in our scorch-and-sizzle places. Not until the 1950s and ‘60s, anyway, by which time air conditioning altered our lives and living spaces almost as much as electric light and running water. AC is such a standard of our living standard now that, enswirled as you may be at this moment by that sweet, sweet cool air, you might not even give it a thought — until the power bill comes. And yet, where would you be without AC? Maybe not living here at all. In 1975, LIFE magazine listed 100 events that changed the nation. One of them was the Louisiana Purchase. One of them was the atomic bomb. And one of them was the 1902 invention of modern air conditioning. Air conditioning didn’t just change the indoors — letting us “cheat the atmospheric whims of Mother Nature,” as another issue of LIFE magazine put it, in 1944 — but it changed the outdoors, too, our public landscapes. Explaining L.A. With Patt Morrison Los Angeles is a complex place....
    NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) -- The city of Newark has activated a "Code Red" through Wednesday, July 7 with temperatures expected to rise as high as 96 degrees and a Heat Index going to 101 degrees.Code Red alerts are issued when the daytime heat index is expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees for 3 hours or more.,The Health Department urges Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions.Vulnerable Newark residents should use air conditioning to stay cool, drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.Air conditioned senior and recreational centers are open.RELATED | Tips, resources for coping with extreme heatOfficials are reminding residents that emergency shelters are operating during the extreme hot weather. They will provide overnight sheltering for residents with no address.Those shelters are:Apostle House513-515 Avon AvenueNewark, NJ(973) 482-0625Women and children onlyIsaiah House238 North Munn AvenueEast Orange, NJ(973) 678-5882Single mothers and families with childrenCatholic Charities-...
    A Las Vegas woman has been arrested on murder and child abuse charges after police found her five-year-old daughter dead inside a hot bedroom without air conditioning with temperatures outside in the triple digits. Kemaya Taylor, 23, was arrested on Monday night in connection with the death of her eldest daughter. Her two-year-old daughter was found alive and handed over to Child Protective Services. Neighbors said that prior to her arrest, Taylor was smashing parked cars with rocks and muttering, ‘I am Jacob. I killed her.' Kemaya Taylor, 23, has been charged with open murder and child abuse for the death of her five-year-old daughter, who was found inside an overheated bedroom with no air conditioning Police were called to Taylor's rental home in the 10200 block of Missouri Meadows Street in Las Vegas on Monday, when temperatures reached 108 degrees   Officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department received a call just after 7pm on Monday about an incident at a home in the 10200 block of Missouri Meadows Street. Responding officers entered the home and found Taylor's...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A group of Los Angeles politicians spent Monday night in a new tiny home village that is slated to open in Tarzana next week. A new tiny homes village in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles. June 28, 2021. (CBSLA) L.A. City Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Kevin DeLeon, along with California state Sen. Henry Stern, spent the night in the Tarzana Cabin Community at the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission on West Topham Street. The new tiny home village will open July 5. Each home will be 64-square-feet in size with two beds and air conditioning. The community will have 76 tiny homes, 10 bathrooms and 10 showers. “To get folks directly off the streets, into a better environment, an environment that has a roof, that has a locking door, that has air conditioning, heat, power, and most importantly its got services, and a service provider that will work with them,” Blumenfield told CBSLA Monday. The tiny home communities have proven controversial. A second similar community is being built in Reseda. In April, Blumenfield held...
    Air conditioning systems placed on buildings in West New York , New Jersey on May 04 2021. Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images The western part of the US is going through a record heatwave, particularly the Pacific Northwest. Several Pacific Northwest cities also have the lowest rates of air-conditioning.  Only 44% of homes in Seattle, for example, are air-conditioned.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The western part of the US is experiencing a record heatwave — particularly the Pacific Northwest — and many in this region also have the lowest rates of air conditioning in the country.  "If you're keeping a written list of the records that will fall, you might need a few pages by early next week," tweeted the National Weather Service in Seattle. Seattle reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, the National Weather Service reported, making it the hottest June day on record. However, according to 2019 statistics from the US Census Bureau, the city is the least air-conditioned in the country with only 44% of homes being air-conditioned, the Associated Press reported. The...
    An 11-year-old girl is speaking out after being kicked out of her school for refusing to wear a face mask in her hot classroom. “Today was a hard emotional day for me. Today I stood my ground and I was very adamant to standing up for what’s right and making it known it’s not a safe environment no longer being in a hot classroom with no Air conditioning with temperatures yesterday of 96° and today was a high of 86° masked and slaved to concentrate and do work at our desks with sweat pouring off of me,” Jenna Miller said in an Instagram post, accompanied by a picture of her leaving her Saugerties, New York, school. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Joe Miller (@jennabmx) The 11-year-old student said that her hobby of riding BMX races in the hot summer makes it easier for her to deal with heat, but sitting in her hot classroom all day with a mask and no air conditioning became too much for her to take. “I love the heat I know...
     John Oliver promised his viewers some “summer fun” on Sunday night, only to remind them that he’s not one to dive into amusing topics. “We’re going to talk about prisons: There are tons of them in America, and when they get too hot, it can be a real problem,” Oliver said on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, adding, “Don’t be mad at me, be mad at yourself — you chose to be here.” The host went on to highlight the conditions that United States prisoners live through amid the summer, focusing on the lack of air conditioning in facilities in some of the hottest areas in the nation. “This situation is so bad the U.N. Committee Against Torture has expressed particular concern about deaths from extreme heat exposure in prison facilities in Texas,” Oliver noted. “And while you probably assumed Texas prisons were bad, maybe not ‘International Human Rights Watch List’ bad.” Oliver revealed that 75 percent of prisons in Texas lack air conditioning, resulting in an indoor heat index of 150 degrees in the summer. The host went on to reveal that...
    More On: department of education NYC’s Department of Education is waging war on excellence Top city school cancels plan to scrap accelerated math classes after parent backlash NYC teacher: Stop watering down math Pro-accelerated learning parent group co-endorses Andrew Yang New York City schoolchildren are sweating out another sweltering summer in classrooms without air conditioning. “It’s brutal every year,” said Shawanda Weems, an English teacher at PS/MS 15 in the University Heights section of the Bronx, who recorded indoor temps as high as 88 degrees this week. “Last week a little 5-year-old just kept waving her hand, because she was sweating,” Weems said. “It’s just too hot,” the girl told the veteran educator. Weems said for years she’s tried to raise the alarm with the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers — to no avail. This week she used four digital thermometers to track the temperature around her school. Images she shared with The Post showed temperatures ranged between 78°F and 88°F in her classroom, hallways and stairwells. In prior years she’s seen the mercury...
    RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With 100-degree days on the horizon, having AC is a must for North Texans, but this those who need a new unit, may have a harder time getting one. Every summer, Kourtney Miller with CenturyHVAC Distributing starts getting a lot of calls from A/C companies looking to purchase A/C units and parts. READ MORE: Outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Announces Run For Tarrant County Judge “As we head into the summer months this type of unit would be in a very high demand however the supply would probably not be there,” she said. She explains the pandemic has led to factories closing down, halting production. There’s a metal shortage and labor shortage which is also affecting shipping. “We just know that we will have an extreme amount of outages with us,” she said. “I know that a lot of other manufacturers are having the same issues.” READ MORE: Discover DFW: Fort Worth Nature Center Overall, the lack of availability has all led to price hikes. “You’re going to see an extreme amount of cost increase...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The Cambridge Housing Authority began the process of turning on air conditioning in their building on Erie Street one day after residents complained of brutally hot temperatures inside during the summer’s first official heatwave. On Monday, CHA told WBZ that they had not turned the A/C on citing a Massachusetts regulation that says residents should have access to heat until June 15. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 100 New COVID Cases, 2 Additional Deaths On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the law does not prevent owners from turning on the AC. “State law and the housing code regulations do not prevent any housing owner from turning on A/C. The housing code is silent on air conditioning but currently requires heat be available until June 15 to maintain minimum temperatures. Any owner can turn off heat and turn on A/C as long as minimum temperatures are maintained during the heat season,” a department spokesperson wrote in an email. Since WBZ first reported the issue in Cambridge, other reports have surfaced about similar issues in Boston and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools announced that buildings without air conditioning will continue with virtual learning on Tuesday. A complete list of schools without air conditioning can be found here: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/ac. READ MORE: Former Ravens Coach And Giants Head Coach Jim Fassel Has Died Schools with no AC will participate in virtual learning Tuesday, June 8. Full announcement and list of schools at https://t.co/S7ymrcqEn7. — Baltimore City Public Schools (@BaltCitySchools) June 8, 2021 READ MORE: New Details Released In Efraim Gordons Murder, 5 Suspects Involved Including 2 Juveniles All non-essential staff assigned to those buildings will work remotely. Any questions about reporting status should be directed to immediate supervisors. MORE NEWS: Baltimore Police Continue Search For Suspects in Linked Fells Point Shootings Meal sites located at those schools will also be closed.
    BALTIMORE(WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools announced that buildings without air conditioning will continue with virtual learning on Tuesday. A complete list of schools without air conditioning can be found here: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/ac. All non-essential staff assigned to those buildings will work remotely. Any questions about reporting status should be directed to immediate supervisors. Meal sites located at those schools will also be closed.
    LEXINGTON (CBS) — Parents in Lexington say they’re relieved the public schools in town are calling it a half-day on Monday. “It’s hot and it’s early for it,” parent Laurie Lane toold WBZ-TV. “It makes sense because of the heat. I can understand there’s no air conditioning in the schools, so it’s a good idea for safety reasons.” READ MORE: Some Massachusetts Schools To Release Students Early Monday Due To Excessive Heat Middle school students in the Lexington Public Schools district will be let out at 11:30 a.m., high school students will be dismissed at noon, and elementary school students get out at 12:30 p.m. Parents say they feel for their kids, not only because of the extreme heat, but with the COVID-19 restrictions in the classrooms. “I absolutely feel for them. It’s terrible, I couldn’t imagine,” said parent Rich Axtell. “I remember being in schools here when I was a youngster in the next town over in Bedford and the summer months were terrible without the air conditioning. To have to have that with the mask on all day,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools students will return to the classroom later than usual this Fall. DPS board members voted to start the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school year on Aug. 23 and 22, respectively. Board members hope the delayed start will provide some relief to schools without air conditioning. (credit: CBS) DPS debated on three possible start dates: Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. READ MORE: I Dont Feel As Safe As I Used To: Hundreds Of Asian American Coloradans Address Anti-Asian Violence DPS Board Director Tay Anderson was among those who voted to approve the Aug. 23 start, but he preferred a later start. “My reluctance comes from hearing directly from parents and students in hot schools that are not comfortable coming back before August 30. I am grateful we moved to a date that towards the middle,” said Anderson. “I am now hoping other districts will start moving their calendar back to match DPS, so we can have a more uniform calendar around the state.” (credit: CBS) A two-week late start on August 30 would have shortened...
    OAKLAND (AP) — A huge industrial air conditioning unit crashed onto a downtown Oakland street seconds after it was lifted by a helicopter. Witnesses tell the Mercury News that nobody was hurt when the cables snapped and the unit about the size of a truck fell onto the pavement and sent construction workers running for cover on Saturday. Brothers Gabriel and Rudi Tcruz were walking by and stopped to record video of the Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter lifting the A/C unit. “It picked up the air conditioning unit, and then the cables snapped,” Rudi Tcruz tells the newspaper. “The helicopter is so loud that when it hit the ground you couldn’t even hear the impact.” The unit plummeted about 40 feet. The helicopter continued hovering overhead. The street not far from City Hall was closed to traffic at the time of the accident. Oakland Police and city officials didn’t immediately return calls from the Mercury News seeking more details. “You could definitely see the dismay,” Tcruz said of the construction workers. “One of the guys, as it crashed, turned around and...
    Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday - almost two months after he pulled a gun on an air conditioning technician  A former Houston Police Department Captain is facing up to 20 years behind bars for pointing a gun at an air conditioning technician he believed was engaged in a mass voting fraud operation  Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday - almost two months after the altercation with the unidentified technician.  According to charging documents Aguirre had been conducting surveillance on the technician back in mid-October and theorized that the blue-collar worker was the mastermind of a giant fraud operation in Harris County, Texas.    On October 19, Aguirre allegedly trailed the technician in his SUV before deliberately slamming into the back of his truck, believing it was filled with 750,000 fake ballots.  After the collision, the man got out of the truck to speak with Aguirre, who then  pulled out a gun.  The former police captain pointed the gun at the technician's...
    LED lights that throw out ultraviolet light can kill coronaviruses and could be incorporated into air conditioning systems to sterilise rooms, scientists say.  Ultraviolet light has previously been found to kill coronaviruses, including the one which causes Covid-19, but this is the first study of its kind to show UV emitted by LED lights is also effective.  LED lights require very little energy, are instantly bright and are now commonplace after replacing the older filament-based bulbs.  Scroll down for video   Ultraviolet light has previously been found to be efficient at destroying coronavirus, including the one which causes Covid-19, but a new study shows UV emitted by LED lights is effective (stock) Professor Hadas Mamane at Tel Aviv University in Israel believes the bulbs could offer easy, quick and cheap methods of disinfection.  'The entire world is currently looking for effective solutions to disinfect the coronavirus,' she said.  'The problem is that in order to disinfect a bus, train, sports hall, or plane by chemical spraying, you need physical manpower, and in order for the spraying to be effective, you...
    The back corner of a classroom has long been the domain of mischievous children, but it may also be the safest spot in the room to avoid catching the coronavirus, a US study claims.  Schools have been hit hard by the pandemic, with many forced to close, cancel exams and overhaul their teaching methods.  And much research has looked at how to minimise the risk to both staff and pupils, with open windows and air conditioning hailed as effective solutions.  New research backs this up, but also reveals that in a typical classroom the lowest concentration of coronavirus particles is often in the back corners.   The back corner of a classroom has long been the domain of mischievous children, but it may also be the safest spot in the room to avoid catching the coronavirus, a US study claims (file photo) Researchers from the University of New Mexico say this information could allow for high-risk students to be placed in the low exposure zones.  In the study, published today in the journal Physics of Fluids, the scientists used a computer model...
    A study out of India, where upwards of 7.5 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus, suggests that redesigning intensive care units so that they do not have air conditioning would better protect health care and frontline workers. The researchers suggest that the coronavirus-infected air surrounding a patient in ICU is circulated and over time, the viral load increases putting anyone who is in that room at an increased risk for exposure. According to Reuters, upwards of 500 doctors have died from coronavirus in India. The study, conducted by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, argues that using fans to force air inside and exhaust fans to pull the infected air and treat it with soap-based air filters or very hot water before releasing it outside would be a more efficient way to limit coronavirus spread in ICU wards. “In this case, the fundamental change that we are suggesting for ICUs taking care of COVID-19 or other such contagious patients is that there must be a swift draft of air through the air in a single...
    A study out of India, where upwards of 7.5 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus, suggests that redesigning intensive care units so that they do not have air conditioning would better protect health care and frontline workers. The researchers suggest that the coronavirus-infected air surrounding a patient in ICU is circulated, and over time, the viral load increases putting anyone who is in that room at an increased risk for exposure. HISPANICS SEE HIGHEST INCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS OVER SUMMER, CDC SAYS According to Reuters, upwards of 500 doctors have died from coronavirus in India. The study, conducted by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, argues that using fans to force air inside and exhaust fans to pull the infected air and treat it with soap-based air filters or very hot water before releasing it outside would be a more efficient way to limit coronavirus spread in ICU wards. CORONAVIRUS SURVIVOR REPORTEDLY NEEDS DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT “In this case, the fundamental change that we are suggesting for ICUs taking care of COVID-19 or other such contagious patients...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An expert on air and heating systems says putting students in classrooms with current air conditioning systems risks their health. Doctor David Krause, a certified industrial hygienist, says typical school and college buildings do not have upgraded filtration systems to remove coronavirus from the air. “If the administrations and local school boards do not consider engineering controls such as we’re talking about — HEPA filtered systems, increasing ventilation to some degree — this is a very reckless plan putting that many kids in close contact,” Dr. Krause said. He says schools should consider installing portable high-efficiency particle air units in each room where students gather. WATCH: More With KDKA’s Jon Delano
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the temperatures rising in the Pittsburgh area, many people are running air conditioning systems throughout their homes or rooms. But how safe is that if coronavirus is in the air? Even if there is some risk, experts say the same thing about your air conditioning. “Certainly in these times of hot summers, we don’t want people turning off their air conditioning systems because heat stress will kill you faster than COVID-19,” said Dr. David Krause, a certified industrial hygienist. So when it is really hot, do not turn off the AC. But here’s the reality. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Air conditioning systems do move aerosols around the home. And if someone in the home is ill with COVID-19, those can be spread throughout the entire residence,” Dr. Krause said. If someone is ill or suspected of having coronavirus, isolate them. Experts say to turn off the AC to that room and install a separate window unit or fan. “Most of our home air conditioning systems do not bring in any outside air,” said Penn State University professor...
    Here's a quick Air Conditioning tip: The heat is on this summer, and that means scammers are preying on your air conditioning needs.The Better Business Bureau actually sent out an alert about this, saying that scammers could be knocking on your door asking if you need a service done, or there could be bad companies out there who won't follow through after you hire them.The best thing you can do is research a company before you hire them; make sure you are researching them on Google and with the Better Business Bureau.Also it's always a good idea to get two or three different estimates, if you have time. Compare those before you buy.
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Cambridge police are warning residents to secure their air conditioners after they responded to a break-in recently. If you have a window air conditioner that is accessible outside, please firmly secure it. We recently responded to a house break, in which a suspect removed a window AC unit to gain entry. #CambMA pic.twitter.com/rPRulDrlLs — Cambridge Police
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, June 10, 2020.Brendan McDermid | Reuters All malls in New York will need high quality air systems that can filter out the coronavirus before they will be allowed to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.  "Any malls that will open in New York, large malls, we will make it mandatory that they have air filtration systems that can filter out the Covid virus," Cuomo said at a press briefing.  High efficiency particle air filters, or HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of Covid-19 in the air, according to a presentation from Cuomo.  This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related TagsBreaking News: Business
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