Look, if you don’t believe that climate change is real, there’s probably not a whole lot we’re going to say in the next couple of paragraphs that will change your mind (although you’ll no doubt read it anyway to try to refute us in the comments, so thanks for that). If you don’t want to take responsibility for the state of the planet, that’s on you. The rest of us are going to talk about our options.
The fallout from this is anywhere you care to look. Yes, California’s epic drought has improved, and is now “terrible” instead of “calamitous,” but did you know New England is also currently in a drought? Dry wells, thirsty residents, and massive amounts of dead fish – so all the fun parts of the Bible, then. Another fun factoid: In 2010, New Orleans had 13 nights when the temperature didn’t drop below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This year, it was 43. Combined with the fact that about one-third of New Orleans’ population doesn’t have air conditioning, that alone could have been one of the biggest missed stories of the year, considering the misery it caused.