Chronicling climate catastrophe



Remember when people could still deny climate change with a relatively straight face? It wasn't really that long ago. Halfway through this decade, say in 2015, it was still mostly visible in statistics. Then news sources started reporting on just how bad things really were becoming. Sparsely at first, more and more often as time passed. And today?

Maybe you've heard that we just lived through the hottest October ever recorded, but then (articles in French) so was June and for that matter also July, not to mention the past four years. And while Indonedia has reduced forest fires, in the Amazon they were stoked on purpose. More recently, California's led to a massive blackout, and that looks likely to be just the beginning. Heck, last summer even the Arctic was burning.

Meanwhile, also in June India was melting, with the drought chasing many farmers to the city (if not driving them to suicide), not that cities weren't also struggling. Think the developed world is doing better? Turns out, Americans drill ever deeper for fresh water these days, not least because food giants are sucking the wells dry. (And yes, that happens in America as well.)

Oh, we'll have more humidity than we can handle soon, just not the kind we need. Turns out, heavy rains are getting common everywhere, while oceans are rising faster than estimated, which in turn endangers more coastal areas. Add to that the melting permafrost (article in French again; here's the same story in English), not to mention all that ice in Greenland, and we're all going to end up in literal hot water. Full of plastic, no less. Most of which won't be so easy to clean up, though people are trying.

Meanwhile, we have more CO2 in the air than in the last three million years, and methane emissions are 100x higher than we thought (an even more dangerous gas). You'd think people would be at least trying to slow down, but no, we keep emitting more crap.

Still expecting a miracle?


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