Tag: Climate change

Work Breaks in Texas – Dying from the Heat

As the heat index hit 115 degrees on Monday, Karla Perez took a five-minute water break at a construction site in Dallas. Such rest breaks are required by the city, as they are in Austin.

But a change in Texas state law, which goes into effect in September, will wipe away those local requirements, leaving workers like Ms. Perez to count on their employers to provide time to rest and rehydrate. Right now, she gets three breaks a day. She dreads what the change might bring.

“Workers are going to die,” she said. “There’s no way around it.”

The ordinance in Dallas passed after the death of a 25-year-old worker, Roendy Granillo, who was installing hardwood floors in a house without air conditioning when he began to feel sick and asked for a break. The request was denied. He kept working until he collapsed.

The medical examiner’s office said the cause was heat stroke. “My parents were told his organs were cooked from the inside,” said his sister, Jasmine Granillo.

In Battle Over Direction of Texas, an Unlikely Casualty: Water Breaks
A new law pre-empting local labor rules is part of an effort by Republicans in the Capitol to exert control over the state’s Democratic-led major cities.

Dinosaur Looks Back Poignantly – Best Theater of 2022 – The New York Times

Domesticated dino
The baby dinosaur in Thornton Wilder’s play “The Skin of Our Teeth” is a sweetheart, domesticated as a dog. And in Lileana Blain-Cruz’s visually extravagant Broadway production at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, he was a puppet so enormous that he counted as one of the show’s several spectacles. When he and his mammoth pal — also a puppet, also designed by James Ortiz — came in from a ferocious cold snap to warm up in their human family’s living room, they were an endearing sight, wreaking benevolent havoc on the houseplants. Then the animals were ordered back outside, into the Ice Age, and the dinosaur gave a backward glance touched with innocence and doom — a more emotionally immediate argument about climate change than a thousand position papers.


Best Theater of 2022
In a time of renewed awakening, a surprising number of shows smartly reflected those changes in song.

New Jersey Shutting Down Last Coal Plants

The era of power plants using coal to generate electricity is ending in New Jersey.

The last two remaining coal-fired plants in the Garden State — both in South Jersey — are preparing to cease operation within months, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration announced last week.

Murphy called the move a “very good step in the right direction” as the state continues to shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable, or greener, energy sources. The Democratic governor has set a goal of using only carbon-free — or “clean” — energy sources by 2050.

N.J.’s last two coal plants set to close. ‘A world without coal’ is cleaner, safer, Murphy says.
Brent Johnson

Portugal Closes Last Coal Plant

It is a historic moment in the Portuguese electricity system: the Pego coal plant, in Abrantes, produced electricity for the last time on Friday morning, and, with no more coal to burn, closes a chapter in the country’s energy history.

Tejo Energia’s thermoelectric power plant, in Pego, no longer has coal to burn. It stopped producing on Friday morning, in what is a milestone in the history of the national electricity system, which has abandoned coal as a way of generating electricity.

With the end of production at the Tejo Energia plant, and after the shutdown, in January of this year, of the EDP thermoelectric plant in Sines, Portugal no longer has any electricity production from burning coal.

Translated via google

The production of electricity from coal in Portugal has ended
Miguel Prado

Boston’s Carbon Emissions Goals, Climate Change


Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh says the updated Climate Action Plan he’s releasing Tuesday will significantly cut carbon emissions from buildings, which account for most emissions in the city.

Among the initiatives are investing in energy saving improvements to city-owned buildings, transitioning the city’s vehicle fleet to low-emission vehicles and developing new guidelines for city-backed affordable housing projects.