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SLOW BURN

My phone buzzed with an alert that the high today would be in the upper 60s, unusual for the week of Thanksgiving. I was reading an article about the wildfires blazing in California and the Rockies, witnessing the Michael Bay imagery of flames ripping around an interstate streaming with cars. The sky in Minnesota was a hazy yellow from the smoke, a glow that underscored the lack of autumnal nostalgia I normally feel around the holidays. It’s still summer. Even after getting a degree in environmental studies, the scale of climate change evades me. I can’t grasp the immense system at play in both cause and effect. I fall back on the same simplified talking points—global warming makes weather more irregular and powerful; glaciers melting causes sea level rise; the climate simply changes. The cause feels easier to name—carbon dioxide comes from burning fossil fuels. Compressed dinosaurs and tropical forests, a gift from our 4.5-billion-year-old planet to subsidize the development of modern civilization. To subsidize my laziness and comfort. But that comfort is usually short-lived, as we are in no shortage of reminders of planetary destabilization. Droughts

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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