The future of work is already here and it is seriously hot

Late on Monday afternoon last week, Amazon put out some news on Twitter that you do not always hear from a global retail colossus. Part of its downtown Seattle headquarters, it said, was operating as an official city “cooling site” for “residents in need of a place to stay safe from the excessive heat”. This was just one of dozens of cooling centres authorities hurriedly earmarked across the city as a mind-boggling heatwave engulfed the Pacific Northwest, a region better known for cool and drizzle. Read More...


Western Canada lightning strikes up tenfold, stoking fires

Lightning strikes in Western Canada over the past two days soared nearly tenfold from the same time a year ago, triggered in part by a record-breaking heat wave, meteorologists said, warning of more strikes over the weekend that could further stoke forest fires fanned by high winds. Over 710,000 lightning strikes were recorded in British Columbia and western Alberta between 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 a.m. on Thursday, up from an average 8,300 from the same period over the past five years, said Chris Vagasky, a meteorologist with Vaisala, a global environmental measurements company which collects the data. The Pacific province of British Columbia has been recovering from the grip of an unprecedented heat wave, which has so far caused 719 confirmed deaths, triple what would normally occur in the same time period, the province’s chief coroner said on Friday.

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