Archive | Climate Change

The World on Fire: Record-Breaking Wildfires, Greenland Melting and the Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Published on Truthout, 31 August 2015.

July was officially the hottest month ever recorded on the planet, as record-breaking wildfires scorched the western US; a record-breaking size of ice calved from a glacier in Greenland; and droughts continued to worsen around the world as climate disruption continues.

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The New Climate “Normal”: Abrupt Sea Level Rise and Predictions of Civilization Collapse

Published on Truthout, 3 August 2015.

We know things are a bit “off” when a rainforest is on fire.

Over 400 acres of the Queets Rainforest, located in Olympic National Park in Washington State, nearby where I live, have burned recently, and it is continuing to burn as I type this. Fires in these rainforests have historically been rare, as the area typically receives in excess of 200 inches of rain annually.

But this is all changing now.

The new normal is that there is no longer any “normal.”

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Mourning the Changes That Surround Us: Readers Speak Out on Climate

Published on Truthout, 20 July 2015.

While no single abnormal weather event can be attributed solely to human-caused climate change, the frequency and intensity of most events can. We asked Truthout readers to share their observations of weather anomalies they are witnessing, and their answers reflect the on-the-ground realities of a rapidly changing planet.

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