Currently in Chicago — September 1st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Warm End To The Week

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Warm End To The Week
  2. Keeping It Cooler Lakeside
  3. Just Little Labor Day Weekend Rain Chances

Warming into the upper 80s for highs on Friday with mostly sunny skies. A hit or miss shower or thunderstorm possible late Saturday but most of the day should be dry and partly cloudy. We drop into the lower 80s for highs Saturday and then slide into the upper 70s on Sunday with plenty of sunshine. A magnificent Monday for Labor Day that will feature mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 80s. Winds off the lake will keep us cooler lakeside Saturday and Labor Day with highs there in the middle 70s.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

“How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth,” science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, “when it is clearly Ocean.” The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the world and absorbs roughly a third of mankind’s carbon emissions — yet it remains largely unprotected and unregulated. This past Saturday, negotiations at the UN headquarters stalled when diplomats failed to reach a decision on a treaty deal that would protect biodiversity in two thirds of ocean areas that remain outside of individual countries' jurisdictions.

“The oceans sustain all life on Earth, but for the last two weeks, the self-proclaimed High Ambition Coalition has not shown enough ambition or urgency until the final hours,” said Laura Meller, of Greenpeace. “As a result, they have failed to deliver a strong Global Ocean Treaty that can protect the high seas. They promised a treaty in 2022, and time has all but run out. They shouldn’t shoulder all responsibility, other countries have been deliberately obstructive, but failure to deliver a treaty at these talks jeopardizes the livelihoods and food security of billions of people around the world.”

Protecting marine biodiversity is particularly important as the ocean is opened up to deep sea mining and becomes yet another extraction zone.