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Wherever you live, the weather is changing, and it’s changing faster than ever before in human history. Here are a few examples of extreme weather from just 2020 and 2021:

  • In the summer of 2020, wildfires burned 47 million acres of land in Eastern Russia, an area bigger than the entire country of Greece. This record-breaking season capped off a decade in which twice as much land burned in Siberia as in the previous ten years. (source)
  • In Germany, two months of rain fell in just one day in July 2021, killing 220 people in a record-breaking flood. (source)
  • In June of the same year, Canada recorded the hottest temperature in the country’s history, 121ºF (49ºC), in the middle of a heatwave that left more than a billion sea animals heated to death on the shore. (source)

Add those to famine in Madagascar to rising sea levels endangering Pacific island nations to a cold snap that crippled the state of Texas’ power grid and caused $20 billion in damage (source), and it’s clear that something’s going wrong.

The only way for us to stop these natural disasters from getting worse is to understand what’s causing them in the first place. Fortunately for us, many dedicated scientists have been researching just that.


Photo credit: Mike Erskine, NASA, Joanne Francis, and Saikiran Kesari via Unsplash

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