"The heat domes are coming! We have underestimated the enemy. California
burned, B.C. is burning. As I write this, Western Ontario is under a heat dome
and the fires will grow.
Can we in the northeast be far behind? This year? In three years? Does anyone
seriously think that we in the North get to dodge that bullet?
We have seriously underestimated how fast global warming is happening. We have
seriously underestimated the damage it will do in Canada. And we have seriously
overestimated the amount of time we have to act.
Oscar Wilde had one of his witty characters comment that “to lose one parent …
may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” Wilde
was joking about what counts as evidence, but the underlying statistical
argument is sound: When enough unlikely events happen, you have to revise your
To have one 1000-year heat event might be an accident, but to have outrageous
heat events happening repeatedly all over the world means we are not in Kansas
If just one record fell this year in just one place, that could have been an
accident. When record after record after record falls, year after year, month
after month — well, it starts to look like we are under attack.
The enemy is the crushing power of global warming. Here in southern Canada, we
will get twice as much warming as the global average. Farther north, it will be
In June, temperatures north of the Arctic Circle in Russia hit an all-time
record, reaching 38C. The crisis is coming faster and looking worse than what
scientists thought. The climate war is here and we have to mobilize."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics