Climate change is no longer remotely theoretical, it is here, so let’s call it what it is: Our Climate Crisis (I’m updating the category to reflect this reality). Axios reports in their morning email thingie:
32% of Americans live in a county or state that declared a federal disaster area in the past three months, the WashPost calculates.
- The equivalent for 2016 was 11% … 2017: 7% … 2018: 5% … 2019: 12% … 2020: 28%.
64% live in places that experienced a multi-day heat wave.
Why it matters: “The expanding reach of climate-fueled disasters … shows the extent to which a warming planet has already transformed Americans’ lives,” The Post reports.
- At least 388 people in the U.S. died this summer due to hurricane, flood, heat wave or wildfire.
When your Facebook Rage Uncle tells you our Climate Crisis is nonsense from tree huggers, be sure to site these numbers. Two-thirds of the country experienced a heat wave. Jeebus, we’re totally eff’ed in the dark (or more accurately in the full sun).