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Think 2020's disasters are wild? Experts see worse in future

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The joys of being old and waiting to trip over that damn bucket at the entrance.

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I hope we look back and say it got crazy enough that it motivated us to act on climate change in the United States.

Um, remember that the US was almost the last country to, as a government, join the ending of slavery, both World Wars, and basically every other international movement to make the world a better place for humans.

Now, the US is very good at revising reality and claiming leadership, so it is possible that that is what people SAY, but almost certainly not what is actually going to happen.

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said the trajectory of worsening disasters and climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas is clear, and basic physics.

The globe is dominated by the economies of the US, Russia and China.

Big oil has major control over Trump's US economy. Russia's economy is based on selling its huge reserves of oil, gas and coal. For China to become the globe's dominant economy requires burning more oil, gas and coal.

Until the fossils running global fossil economies can be replaced, expect

the trajectory of worsening disasters and climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas

to worsen.

Replace the fossils around the globe; replace the globe's fossil economy.

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One doctor who specializes in diseases told me that he expects tropical diseases, such as Ebola, to become more commonplace as global temperatures rise making it possible for these diseases to spread into, what used to be, cooler regions.

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The west coast of US is in fire, raging from California to Oregon, in spite of all the concerted effort to put the numerous spots of fire off. Why?

Has the impact of pandemic not been bad enough?..

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A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don’t usually catch fire are in flames.

California is, was, and always will have an ARID climate. If California had not been stealing water from it's neighboring states to maintain it's over-populated population, and ignoring it's massive forestlands undergrowth problem, the forestlands would have self-maintained on it's own. Forests in some areas, especially in ARID climates, need to burn in order to regrow.

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Not a time to panic, but a time to watch and learn.

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Some disasters at the moment can’t be directly linked to man-made warming, 

Did not expect an admittance like that in the article; of course it is bashfully tucked away in one sub clause.

What exactly do people expect to happen when large populations move in to dry area and pump out all the ground water for wasteful agriculture, and residential lawns?

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It has been a pretty mild year for weather in North America. Fewer gender reveal parties in California might solve their problem.

I was also shocked to learn that a typhoon was experienced in Japan because that has never happened before.

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It has been a pretty mild year for weather in North America. Fewer gender reveal parties in California might solve their problem.

That would be a good idea. Does anybody know the name of the gender-fluid baby? Don´t say it was Sparky.

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NASA is currently keeping an eye on a NEO asteroid known as JF1, which is around 130 - 160m in diameter and expected to hit the earth on May 2022. Scientists believe asteroids of this size halted life on earth and decimated large animals such as the dinasaurs in the past. However in order to prevent a global panic NASA has NOT said anything about the other NEO which is 230- 270m in size. This unnamed asteroid is expected to hit the northern hemisphere in August 2021.

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