Friday, May 27, 2022


High gas prices are not slowing down Memorial Day travel, early voting starts tomorrow in Nevada, and Oregon activists seek accountability for dioxin contamination in low-income Eugene.


Education Secretary Cardona calls for action in after the Texas massacre, Republicans block a domestic terrorism vote, and Secretary of State Blinken calls China the greatest challenger to the U.S. and its allies.


High-speed internet is being used to entice remote workers to rural communities, Georgia is offering Black women participation in a guaranteed income initiative, and under-resourced students in Montana get a boost toward graduation.

MD's Montgomery County Conducts Urban Heat-Mapping Project


Monday, May 9, 2022   

Maryland's most populous county is embarking on an urban heat-mapping project to better understand neighborhood heat inequities, which can affect residents' health.

Montgomery County was chosen to take part in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Urban Heat Mapping Campaign" this summer.

The county is seeking residents who'll volunteer to serve as citizen scientists, mounting heat sensors to their cars to travel through different neighborhoods one day this summer.

Laura Sivels - climate engagement program manager with the county Department of Environmental Protection - said the data will help determine why certain communities are hotter than others.

"The built environment - so, all of the asphalt, the concrete that happen in urban areas - they hold heat at a higher rate than the natural environment, than the trees and the grass," said Sivels. "When it's a hot, sunny day, the urban areas hold this heat. They keep emitting it, throughout the afternoons and the evenings."

Heat inequities will be tracked in 14 states and two international cities as part of the NOAA project. The sensors will record temperature, humidity, time and location.

Sivels said they've received interest from over 200 volunteers so far and expect to start training in July.

The areas involved include Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Silver Spring and Wheaton. Sivels said it's important to look at communities with varying demographics, to help inform policy decisions going forward.

"Whenever we feel this heat, not everyone feels it the same," said Sivels. "Not everyone has access to finances to adjust to this heat, whether that's driving or Ubering to work rather than taking the bus, or finding a place that has air conditioning. Or having opportunities to stay home and work inside rather than working outside."

Urban heat has historically had a disproportionate impact on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. NOAA conducted similar research in Baltimore in 2018 and found some neighborhoods were 16 degrees warmer than others at the same time of day.

get more stories like this via email
Early voting locations will be open across Nevada for several weeks, from May 28 through June 10. (Jlmcanally/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The Nevada primary election is June 14, and early voting starts tomorrow and runs through June 10. Mail balloting is now permanent, so every active …

Social Issues

Democrats in the Florida Legislature are reviving calls for stricter gun-control laws, following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Florida's …


This week, in honor of World Otter Day, conservation groups are looking to raise awareness about efforts to restore sea otters along more areas of …

There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

With the unofficial start to summer, pools around Ohio are opening this Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to swim time, experts encourage …


Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of water recreation season, and before putting on a swimsuit, Iowa environmental experts say being mindful …

A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

As the nation processes the horrific shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, teachers' unions across Illinois and America …

Social Issues

The cost of heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend will be higher than past years, with higher gas prices and inflation hitting travelers…

Health and Wellness

One of Connecticut's largest health systems launched a new resource in Hartford this month, aimed at helping patients access healthy and nutritious …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021