The image of the day from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows gusting plumes of smoke veiling the western United States. Two hundred thousand acres are on fire in California, fuelled by strong winds and unrelenting hot, dry conditions.
Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his London counterpart, Sadiq Khan, co-authored an op-ed in the Guardian challenging other cities to join them in divesting their public pensions and other assets from fossil fuels.
In little more than a day, Hurricane Florence exploded in strength, jumping from a Category 1 to a Category 4 behemoth with 140 mph winds. This process — hurricanes intensifying fast — is both extremely dangerous and poorly understood.
At times in June and July, it almost felt as if we might end up having a cooler summer than we’ve become accustomed to. Or at least not a really hot one. We did see a spike of extreme heat after Independence Day, but that’s typical, and it wasn’t as bad as some heat waves that time of year.