Striking images and video are beginning to stream in from more than 1,000 events in more than 100 countries where people are "connecting the dots" between climate change and extreme weather. The events are part of a global effort called "Climate Impacts Day," organized by the international climate campaign 350.org.
The events are powerful evidence of how the string of weather disasters over the last year is increasing public concern about global warming.
Over the next 24 hours, climbers will unveil giant dots on melting glaciers, divers will carry dots underwater to bleached coral reefs, and more high-res photos and videos will stream into the ClimateDots.org website, which is serving as a virtual hub for Climate Impacts Day.
"We just celebrated Earth Day. May 5 is more like Broken Earth Day, a worldwide witness to the destruction global warming is already causing," said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that is coordinating the events. "People everywhere are saying the same thing: our tragedy is not some isolated trauma, it's part of a pattern."