While Greece Burns…

Greece this summer had as many fires in a month as all of Europe had in the last ten years — up to 200 on one day alone. I think global warming–meaning an existing drought, a record-breaking heat wave in June and July, and high winds–encouraged these fires. But of course, just as a gambler in a casino cannot see "a streak of bad luck" or be "on a roll" based on a single hand in a card game, so can we as a species not see global warming in any single event. Hence, only the bravest of reporters even mention it — a mistake, in my view. Global warming is here; time to talk about it. Even if it’s only one of many factors.

For more, see my post in Grist. Here’s a poster for a silent protest that took place in front of the government building in Athens on Thursday night and attracted a large crowd. (Licensed.)

Silentprotestposter

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