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Go read this story about the ‘heat gap’ deepening the world’s divisions

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I will never look at a cantaloupe the same way again, thanks to Vann Newkirk II’s latest story in The Atlantic, “Earth’s New Gilded Era.” The fruit brings back some of my favorite summer memories with my mom, who makes a juice with it that Filipinos lovingly call “melon” — pronounced with a long, rolling L (“mell-lown”) so that the name is as satisfying to say as the juice is to drink on a hot day.

Newkirk’s story is a tale of two cantaloupes: he follows the fruit’s journey from the fields where it’s harvested by people working in scorching heat, to a hotel breakfast buffet where the melon is a refreshing snack for summer vacationers. The contrast is just one illustration of the many ways heat will draw the lines between the world’s haves and have-nots as climate change wreaks havoc on the planet.

“In the coming century, when wealth inequality will likely increase and the spaces where humans can live comfortably will shrink, the heat gap between rich and poor might be the world’s most daunting challenge,” Newkirk writes. “In a hot world, the heat gap will be a defining manifestation of inequality.”

Newkirk draws out the different ways heat plays an insidious role in systemic racism, classism, and sexism. He looks at “mass fainting events” in Bangladesh and Cambodia that affected a largely female workforce making clothes and shoes in hot factories. The alarming phenomenon has been cast off as “hysteria,” Newkirk writes, which is when I get “hysterical” enough to nearly throw my laptop against the wall in outrage. Even though the sexist term was banished from diagnostic manuals 40 years ago, it keeps popping up as a way to discredit women, and in this case, dismiss their very real concerns about increasingly oppressive working conditions.

Wealthy countries like the US aren’t immune from the ways rising temperatures exacerbate inequity, Newkirk writes. I live in New York City, and I’ve written in the past about New York’s urban heat islands, neighborhoods built in a way that makes them warmer than surrounding areas. A disproportionate number of Black people die here each year during heat waves as a result. Newkirk travels even further back in time to explore how racist redlining policies “placed” communities of color in literally the hottest spots in their cities. And then he brings us to today’s protests against racism and police brutality and explains why rising temperatures contribute to the many factors making it harder for Black people to breathe in this country.

If some of these connections seem like a stretch, reading Newkirk’s story will connect the dots. If it already makes perfect sense to you based on all the ways you experience the world — either as a person of color, immigrant, woman, worker, or anyone already feeling the searing heat of climate change — it’s still affirming, alarming, and worth your time.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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