The New Normal


By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (August 23, 2015)

Waking up this morning, I read in the paper about hundreds of thousands more dead fish in Oregon rivers cause the water’s too damn warm and of widespread bug infestations in California due to drought and high temperatures, only to look out the front window at the leaves falling from the trees like it’s late September against a backdrop of smokey, hazy, red tinted skies from all the forest fires.


People will tell you this is the new normal due to climate change. But it’s not. This is the time we’ll look back on of relative climate stability with just the beginning signs that things aren’t right. The time before things got really bad. The time when our actions, our intervention in the course of history if you will, could still have prevented catastrophe.

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