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Home heating systems shutting down. Hospitals facing water shortages. Oil refineries going offline.
Ever heard of phase-change materials? They may have a complicated-sounding name, but these compounds could offer a serious avenue of pursuit in the quest to keep cool in heatwave conditions.
Silicon Valley workers previously enjoyed some of the most well-appointed offices in corporate America. Lunch was free, dry-cleaning was on site and the Internet was lightning fast. Now that those workers have settled into their less glamorous home offices, they’re grappling with a trifecta of crises in California: wildfires, a heat wave and rolling power outages – not to mention a global pandemic.
As Australia struggles to deal with the aftermath of hundreds of bushfires, dozens of which are still burning, authorities have also warned of looters in towns where people have evacuated and scammers raising fake funds for relief.
Firefighters say 73 people were trapped when blaze broke out at foot of stairwell. Ground floor security door hindered residents as they tried to escape.