04 May '12, 11am

Too hot not to notice? Connecting the dots on climate

Too hot not to notice? Connecting the dots on climate

Students in Johannesburg, South Africa are connecting the dots. (Photo by 350.org.) A version of this post originally appeared on TomDispatch . The Williams River was so languid and lovely last Saturday morning that it was almost impossible to imagine the violence with which it must have been running on Aug. 28, 2011. And yet the evidence was all around: sand piled high on its banks, trees still scattered as if by a giant’s fist, and most obvious of all, a utilitarian temporary bridge where for 140 years a graceful covered bridge had spanned the water. The YouTube video of that bridge crashing into the raging river was Vermont’s iconic image from its worst disaster in memory, the record flooding that followed Hurricane Irene’s rampage through the state in August 2011. It claimed dozens of lives, as it cut more than a billion-dollar swath of destruction across the eastern U...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-change/too-hot-not-to-notice-con...

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