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Tom Engelhardt: Our Not-So-Slow-Motion Apocalypse

A heating planet is a danger, not in some distant time, but right now — yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

August 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Fire Next Time

If we do succeed in destroying ourselves, it seems increasingly likely that it will be by fire, whether the accelerating heating of the globe over decades, or a nuclear conflagration any time we choose. The good news, the flame of hope, is that we still have time — at least 100 seconds — to prevent it.

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Election day is nearing, but there’s no end in sight to Trump’s attacks on science

Will the American electorate end up asking for an encore performance of this full-throated rejection of scientific evidence?

September 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: A Vote for the Apocalypse

Since [Trump] is, in his own fashion, a parody of everything: a politician, a Republican, an autocrat, even a human being, he sums up in some extreme (if eerily satiric) fashion human efforts to destroy our way of life in these years. In truth, fiery and furiously fueled, he’s a historic cloud of smoke and ash over us all.

September 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Three Cheers for Autumn

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. I closed the bedroom windows and shivered into my clothes, then hurried down to the kitchen to consult the … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ellery Akers: We Have the Power to Pull Back from the Brink

I call fire.
And fire answers with its flaming mouth
and strange whining pronunciation
as it clears the underbrush

February 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

Susie Cagle: ‘Fire is medicine’| The tribes burn California forests to save them

For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dani Burlison: What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires. It’s late spring, and I’m hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

UN: Ignore Trump on Climate

Three senior UN officials urge the world to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in a powerful rebuff of the scientific illiteracy of President Trump. LONDON, 16 October, 2017 – … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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