Another huge week, with both Hurricane Ida and Afghanistan taking the headlines. One of the bigger, longer term issues we must stay on top of is, the bleak future for Afghanistan (and many other countries) because of the combination of war AND climate change.
Please do read this article: A New Breed of Crisis: War and Warming Collide in Afghanistan. It’s a story beyond Afghanistan.
Hurricane Ida landed on the 16th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and I went to bed Sunday night wondering what the impact would be. Thankfully the levees didn’t break, and we still don’t know the number of casualties across the nation. But man, watching that storm spread across the US, dumping record breaking water and causing tornadoes, not to mention stunning the meteorologists, was profoundly disturbing.
Let’s not forget, the US is also dealing with two mega fires on its West coast – the Dixie Fire and the Caldor Fire. Caldor has burnt more than 200,000 acres, and Dixie has burnt more than 800,000 acres.
But don’t worry, the Biden administration announced plans this week to open 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration. This is obviously not in alignment with Biden’s climate plans, but it is about complying with a court order requiring it to resume lease auctions.
We can’t eat money!
Another report relevant to the climate, was a new study which found U.S. residents are struggling to understand terms used in international reports to describe climate change. A message to everyone – we need to keep it simple if we have any chance of breaking through.
Finally, a heart-breaking report. More than a million infants are estimated to have died due to pandemic poverty. This is the reason we must ALL do ALL we can to get this pandemic under control. To take care of those with the least.
And don’t get me talking about the Texas six week abortion ruling. It’s revolting and so insidious. As my friend Denise Chai stated: The #TexasTaliban.
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