Day: March 3, 2021

Like ‘Peanut Brittle’: Mississippi Water Crisis Highlights Infrastructure Problems

Read the full story from NPR.

Many residents of Jackson, Miss., remain without running water three weeks after a winter storm hit the city.

The water outages in Jackson began Feb. 15 as a winter storm swept across the state. The storm brought devastating, bitter cold to the South and hit the region’s critical infrastructure hard–highlighting major vulnerabilities in the area’s power grid and water system.

Some water treatment plants in the city couldn’t operate in the freezing temperatures that lingered for days. Because plants were shut down for so long, water pressure in the city dropped.

As of March 3, service had been restored in some areas, but a boil water notice remained in effect for many residents, according to city officials.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said March 1 in a Twitter post that the city has “made some strides” restoring water service, but more work needs to be done.

But the timeline of when full water service could be restored is unclear.

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium

Read the full story from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

In more than 1,000 years, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has not been as weak as in recent decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany.

The researchers compiled so-called proxy data, taken mainly from natural archives like ocean sediments or ice cores, reaching back many hundreds of years to reconstruct the flow history of the AMOC. They found consistent evidence that its slowdown in the 20th century is unprecedented in the past millennium; it is likely linked to human-caused climate change. The giant ocean circulation system is relevant for weather patterns in Europe and regional sea levels in the U.S.; its slowdown is also associated with an observed cold blob in the northern Atlantic.

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