Earth Calendar for May 19th and May 20th
Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of summer, and in many parts of the country, the arrival of hot weather. According to National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.
And, the number of heat waves has been on the rise in recent years – the recently released National Climate Assessment found that the number of intense heat waves in 2011 and 2012 were almost triple the long-term average. Heat waves can be particularly brutal in cities, where the surface temperatures of roofs and pavement can be from 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the air temperature on hot sunny days. These hot surfaces contribute to urban heat islands where temperatures in cities are hotter than surrounding, less developed areas. Hot weather and heat waves have a number of impacts, including increased energy use for air conditioning, increased emissions of air pollutants and impacts on human health.
May 23rd is Heat Awareness Day. This is the perfect time of year to brush up on tips to keep yourself, family members and friends healthy during hot weather. National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Outlooks, Excessive Heat Watches and Excessive Heat Warnings/Advisories to help you stay informed. Learn about these alerts and get more information about heat-related illness and preparedness at the NOAA website.
On Our Calendar: Cincinnati-area non-profit organizations and individuals can bring their electronics that need recycled to ReSource’s Sharonville warehouse on Wednesday, May 21st, and have them recycled for free. ReSource is partnering with Cohen, a scrap metal and electronics recycler, on the event. Cohen will have a recycling truck at ReSource’s warehouse to pick up the waste and recycle it. For a list of acceptable items and more information please visit the website or call (513) 554-4944.