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Jacobabad, a landlocked city in Pakistan’s Sindh Province nearly 340 miles north of Karachi, is pushing the limits of human livability on a warming planet. Since the beginning of March, an unprecedented heat wave has gripped India and Pakistan, affecting more than a billion people on the subcontinent. And Jacobabad has been among the cities worst hit, experiencing temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for 51 straight days. Last month, the temperature there reached 123.8 degrees. On three separate occasions before that, it reached 122 degrees. The 2022 heat wave in South Asia is already estimated to have caused more than 90 deaths in India and Pakistan, and to have resulted in glacial melts in northern Pakistan and reduced wheat yields in India. According to a recent report published by the World Weather Attribution Initiative, the onset of the heat wave was made 30 times more likely by climate change. 

Also this week, an Inside Climate News analysis of emissions data from a gas storage facility in Petal, Mississippi found that the facility releases half a ton of a potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere every hour—more than any other gas storage facility in the country. Over a 20-year time frame, emissions from the Petal Gas Storage Station equal the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 87,000 automobiles, more vehicles than the population of Petal and its neighbor, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, combined.

In Jacobabad, One of the Hottest Cities on the Planet, a Heat Wave Is Pushing the Limits of Human Livability
BY ZOHA TUNIO
Temperatures in this landlocked city in Pakistan’s Sindh Province crossed 100 degrees for 51 straight days in March, and reached 123.8 degrees earlier last month.
Every Hour, This Gas Storage Station Sends Half a Ton of Methane Into the Atmosphere
BY PHIL MCKENNA, INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS, & ALEX ROZIER, MISSISSIPPI TODAY
The Petal plant emits the greenhouse gas equivalent of 87,000 automobiles—more than any other gas storage facility in the United States.
With Increased Nutrient Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, Environmentalists Hope a New Law Will Cleanup Wastewater Treatment in Maryland
BY AMAN AZHAR
Democrats and numerous environmentalists blame Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, for severe staffing shortages and backlogged permit enforcement at the Department of the Environment.
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BY HANNAH LOSS
An experimental project to build back a pond important to migratory bird species joins ongoing efforts to restore Jamaica Bay marshlands.
Protecting Mexico’s Iconic Salamander Means Saving one of the Country’s Most Important Wetlands
BY MYRIAM VIDAL
Lake Xochimilco’s canals and island farms, on the southern tip of Mexico City, are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They are also imperiled by overdevelopment, pollution and climate.
Inside Clean Energy: E-bike Sales and Sharing are Booming. But Can They Help Take Cars off the Road?
BY JAMES POTHEN
E-bikes, already taking off during the pandemic, are getting a big boost from states that hope they will reduce driving, energy consumption and emissions.
Warming Trends: Putting Citizen Scientists to Work, Assuring Climate-Depressed Kids That the Future is Bright, and Deploying Solar-Hydrogen Generators
BY KATELYN WEISBROD
A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, books, cultural events and other developments from the global warming frontier.
ICYMI
In Africa, Conflict and Climate Super-Charge the Forces Behind Famine and Food Insecurity
BY GEORGINA GUSTIN
While there’s no doubt that a warming planet makes food security more challenging, calling a famine “climate-induced” is complicated and recently controversial.
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