September heat waves are causing early dismissals in schools

September 7, 2018 by  
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Snow days are one of the best perks of winter for students, but now, schools are closing for another variation of inclement weather. School districts around the country are releasing students because of excessive heat, an increasing trend in the face of climate change . Will these so-called “heat days” become the new norm? Schools in the eastern U.S. have been giving out more heat days than ever as record temperatures continue to hit New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and even parts of the Midwest. The cancellations are occurring more frequently in places that do not have adequate air conditioning, especially in relation to after-school programs. This past week, for example, schools on the East Coast shut down as temperatures climbed higher than 90 degrees. A few districts in New York also cancelled sporting activities. Related: One in 11 US public schools are plagued by toxic air Meanwhile, schools in New York City have remained open following a city investment in new air conditioning systems worth nearly $30 million to ensure schools were adequately cooled. The city plans on having every classroom air conditioned over the next four years, meaning no heat days for students and a costly impact on the environment. But for schools that don’t have a budget for air conditioning, heat days might become more frequent. In fact, union organizations in New York are advocating for laws that would require districts to close schools if the temperature is hotter than 88 degrees. In a few schools across the East Coast, teachers have reported temperature readings above 100 degrees in their classrooms, which clearly is not a safe environment for anyone. As global warming continues to affect the climate, record high temperatures could become common in months that normally are not associated with such temperatures. There’s no telling how many schools will adopt heat days as policy, but it is possible that these school dismissals become just as common as traditional snow days. Via New York Times Image via Nicola Tolin

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More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast

October 30, 2012 by  
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Cities across the East Coast are in a state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy left widespread flooding and damage in its wake. People in New York and New Jersey awoke to massive floods and power outages , and at least 16 people are dead in states across the region. As of Tuesday morning, all of New York’s major river crossings are still closed, and President Obama declared parts of New York and New Jersey to be a federal disaster area earlier this morning. Read the rest of More than 7.5 Million Without Power as Hurricane Sandy Strikes the East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: east coast , flooding , gowanus canal , Hurricane Sandy , natural disasters , new jersey , NOAA , nuclear power , NYC , NYC disasters , satellite image , Tropical storm Sandy

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The Dallas Arboretum’s 2012 Pumpkin Patch is Made of 50,000 Pumpkins

October 30, 2012 by  
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Fantasy Timber House in Essex Will be Filled With Grayson Perry Artwork and Rented to Tourists

October 30, 2012 by  
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Living Architecture has unveiled renders of the next installment in a series of iconic works of architecture that are then rented to tourists, and it is by far the strangest yet. Designed by renowned artist and transvestite Grayson Perry with help from the London-based FAT Architecture , the double story timber fantasy house was originally rejected by Essex’s town council. House in Essex has since been approved and will be packed with Perry’s own, visceral artwork. But it gets even more curious than that. Read the rest of Fantasy Timber House in Essex Will be Filled With Grayson Perry Artwork and Rented to Tourists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Fantasy House , FAT Architecture , Gabled House , Grayson Perry , House in Essex , living architecture , shrine , timber house , tourism , Transvestite , UK , vernacular architecture

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Pastel Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

October 30, 2012 by  
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New York City Bike Share Program Will Have 10,000 Bikes, 600 Stations

September 14, 2011 by  
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Last year, we heard that New York City was considering a huge bike sharing program and now it’s becoming a reality. New details have been released about the program and it’s just as big as had been hoped. There will be about 600 stations with 10,000 bikes and the program could be up and running by next summer. The stations will be widespread, covering the Upper East and West sides all the way down to the tip of Manhattan and then across the East River into Brooklyn as far as Greenpoint and Crown Heights. The city has chosen Alta Bike Share to install and operate the system. Alta operates bike share programs in Washington, D.C., Boston and Portland, but the New York system will dwarf those systems by a few thousand bikes, making it the largest in the country. Above is a video featuring the Capital Bikeshare program in D.C. The program will allow for 24-hour, multi-day or annual subscriptions as well as shorter rentals charged by the half-hour. Monthly subscriptions will be cheaper than a monthly MetroCard. Bike share programs have had varying degrees of success around the world, but we hope that this ambitious system in a city that loves alternative forms of transportation will catch on quickly. via New York Observer

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