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Fort McMurray fires

I don’t know about you, but I am blown away by the images I am seeing out of northern Alberta.

Keep in mind that Fort Mac is a city of about 90,000 and much of it could go up in flames.

If you are able, please donate to the Red Cross relief effort or the relief organisation of your choice.

Here is the link to the Red Cross effort.

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Drought…

Most of North America has seen a remarkable paucity of precipitation this summer. While this has been heaven for sun bathers, it has been a disaster for crops across the continent. Expect food prices to sky rocket this fall!

Another effect of dry weather are increased numbers and the intensity of forest fires. I found this awesome map of the USA that grimly and dramatically illustrates the extent of the fires between 2001 and 2010.

Extreme weather, llike the present drought, is a direct consequence of climate change. And the extremes will become more frequent and more “extreme” over the coming decades.

I don’t think our species is ready for this.

Of course, if you believe this continent’s conservative politicians, there is absolutely nothing to worry about; the notion that the climate is changing as a result of human activity is just a liberal conspiracy, right?

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