Extreme Weather, Coming to Your Town Soon

The new graphics columnist for The New York Times illustrates issues powerfully, as in today’s column.

Charles Blow’s words make the point we all know:

According to the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of
Disasters, there have been more than four times as many weather-related
disasters in the last 30 years than in the previous 75 years. The
United States has experienced more of those disasters than any other
country.

Just this month, a swarm of tornadoes shredded the
central states. California and Florida have been scorched by wildfires,
and a crippling drought in the Southeast has forced Georgia to
authorize plans for new reservoirs.

Who do we have to thank for all this? Probably ourselves.

Last
year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued reports
concluding that “human influences” (read greenhouse-gas emissions) have
“more likely than not” contributed to this increase. The United States
is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse-gas emissions.

But much more powerful is the image…

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