Currently in Melbourne — January 6th, 2023

Currently in Melbourne — January 6th, 2023
A hot, sunny weekend to say farewell the summer holidays.

The weather, currently.

Sun, sun, sun for the new few days at least.

Last night’s low of 13˚C is the coolest things are likely to get for the next week, with temperatures climbing to 26˚C today and into the 30s over the weekend. Today will be mostly sunny with an extreme UV rating of 12, and southeasterly winds of 20 to 30km/h. Saturday’s forecast is for a high of 30˚C and Sunday will be 33˚C, with UV ratings remaining in the extreme zone and the fire danger rating being moderate. For many this will be the last few days before work goes back in earnest on Monday, so do enjoy.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

The US has a new emissions standard for heavy-duty trucks for the first time in over 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

This stricter pollution rule is part of the agency’s Clean Trucks Plan and is the first time pollution standards for buses and heavy duty trucks have been updated in more than two decades, according to reporting by Grist.

The standard will be enforced when 2027 vehicles are available to buy.

This is significant because heavy-duty vehicles are one of the major emitters of nitrogen oxide, which, in large concentrations can exacerbate heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.

The updated standard is particularly good news for communities that bare the brunt of vehicle pollution — such as low-income people of color — who are more likely to live and work near factories, major highways, and other places where vehicles cause the most pollution due to racist zoning laws and redlining.

The agency estimates that heavy-duty vehicle nitrogen dioxide emissions will decrease by 48 percent by 2045, because of the rule. The new standard is expected to prevent up to 2,9000 deaths by 2045.

What you can do, currently.