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New York City was hit by a “potentially less severe” smog early Thursday from the Canadian wildfires than it was about three weeks ago, when the city’s skies turned a dark orange haze. The city’s air quality index was at a moderate 83, however, Pittsburgh and Chicago were experiencing very unhealthy air quality, according to the AirNow index. Some 80 million residents are under air quality alerts, while heat warnings are in effect for over 100 million people as a record-breaking heat wave hits the South and California.

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By Todd Dybas, Editor at LinkedIn News

Extreme weather hits millions, putting energy access at risk

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Americans are getting ready for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year ahead of Independence Day celebrations, but many will be flying into cities darkened by wildfire smoke or stifling heat waves that are straining the power grid.

Wildfires raging in Canada are again pushing smoke south into New York and the Midwest, prompting health alerts urging caution and forcing those with vulnerable lungs indoors. The South, meanwhile, is in the midst of the latest heat wave that has left thousands without power.

These extreme weather events are pushing energy infrastructure to the brink, jeopardizing their reliability. In California, the record rainfall has put the state’s dams at risk. U.S. reliance on natural gas over the past decade has made it the primary energy source for the country. The pipelines circulating the resource and power plants that burn the fuel, however, were not built to withstand the extreme temperatures and natural disasters now happening on a regular cadence.

To better understand how we got here, it’s worth reading Vox’s deepdive into the history of heat waves and how climate change is intensifying them.

As these climate disasters continue to increase in speed and intensity, those living on small island nations are facing an impossible question: What happens when they become stateless? The global community is working on frameworks that would designate further funding for the countries that will feel the impact of rising sea levels first but money doesn’t solve immigration when your country is under water. The Guardian has an interesting take on what’s next for these islanders.

It’s not all dire, however. LinkedIn’s Economic Graph team released its latest green skills report, breaking down the industries that are adapting to meet the moment and the skills workers need to be part of the transition.

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