We tend to think about climate change as a slow-motion crisis that will affect our future. We need to recalibrate: climate change is gathering speed and the resulting fires, floods, severe storms, water shortages, etc are increasing shaping our present.
Climate experts have long worried about the cascade effect: Multiple disasters, triggering and amplifying each other in the same place. But it always seemed like a problem for later. And then California happened. With the great .
“I’ve spoken to maybe two dozen fire and climate experts over the last 48 hours and pretty much everyone is at a loss of words. There’s certainly been nothing in living memory on this scale.”
Reporters often hear from readers that climate change should be on the front page. At the NYT, it is.
“People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal?’ I always say no. It’s going to get worse,” said Philip Duffy, a climate scientist who is president of the Woodwell Climate Research Center
"Climate change, in the words of one scientist, is smacking California in the face." "“People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal?’” he said. “I always say no. It’s going to get worse.”"
The crisis in California is an example of something climate experts have long worried about, but which few expected to see so soon: a cascade effect, in which a series of disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other.
Here's the deal: every single corporation and politician insisting on new fossil fuels projects is endorsing the current nightmare in California as our future normal. Our children won't forgive them for this, and we shouldn't tolerate it either. #climate
"If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians."
Welcome to the cascade effect, in which a series of disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other. “You’re toppling dominoes in ways that Americans haven’t imagined,” said Roy Wright, a former FEMA official. “It’s apocalyptic.”
“The government does a very, very bad job looking at cascading scenarios.” Yet that’s precisely what we’re now confronting in California: a cascading series of climate-change driven disasters, each amplifying the next. By +
NASA scientist James Hansen testified in Congress in 1988 about the catastrophic consequences of climate change. This is what 30 years of denial, delays and inaction look like. Now we have <10 yrs to make it right.
If #ClimateChange seemed abstract before, now it's all too real & is at the heart of the cascading #disasters on our West Coast. #Heat, #fire, #smoke, contaminated water. Is this the new normal? No. It’s going to get worse.
“If you are in denial about #ClimateChange, come to California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom. Another important story from the tireless on cascading disasters in the Western U.S. w/ wildfires, air quality, heatwaves, blackouts during a pandemic...
It's here — something climate experts have long worried about: a cascade effect, in which a series of disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other.
Multiple mega fires burning more than 3 million acres. Millions of residents smothered in toxic air. Blackouts and triple-digit heat waves. Climate change, in the words of one scientist, is smacking #California in the face. #CaliforniaFires #ActOnClimate
“Climate change, in the words of one scientist, is smacking California in the face.” Via ⁦⁩ ⁦
A Climate Reckoning in Fire-Stricken California
The terrifying pictures from California, Oregon, and Washington make it clear: the #ClimateCrisis is an existential threat to our country and planet. No one state can stop this crisis on its own. The federal government must #ActOnClimate now.
“People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal?' I always say no. It’s going to get worse.”
"Climate scientists say the mechanism driving the wildfire crisis is straightforward: Human behavior, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels, has released greenhouse gases that increase temperatures, desiccating forests and priming them to burn." Yep.
But all of that nuance went out the window this morning with this irresponsibly alarmist, one-sided & misleading travesty that put on the front page
"The crisis in the nation’s most populous state...is also an example of something climate experts have long worried about...a cascade effect, in which a series of disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other."
The climate cascade effect: disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other. “You’re toppling dominoes in ways that Americans haven’t imagined,” said Roy Wright, a former FEMA official. “It’s apocalyptic.” &
‘People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal? I always say no. It’s going to get worse.’ Philip B. Duffy, Climate Scientist. ⁦
"It’s hard not to think we are unwitting bit players in some sort of end-of-days movie.” Such a California thing to say (and I say this as a fourth-gen Californian)
A Climate Reckoning in Fire-Stricken California
It’s now lived experience ! Not a projection. via
“The acceleration of climate impacts has happened faster than even we anticipated.”
“People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal?’” he said. “I always say no. It’s going to get worse.” A Climate Reckoning in Wildfire-Stricken California
#ClimateChange, as this article says, is "smacking California in the face." But of course it's just a matter of time 'til all our states are smacked in the face if they're not already being smacked.
If #ClimateChange was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real. Chasing thousands of people from their homes, causing dangerous chemicals to leach into drinking water. Let’s agree to act now let’s prepare for a successful #COP26