Lately, does it feel like we are on a treadmill running from disaster to tragedy, while reacting to situations unimaginable? The news of the devastating EF5 tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., came via Facebook in a Monday evening panic. A blogger I work with, Lisa Sharp, provided a blow-by-blow heartbreaking account of friends missing, lost relatives, worry about pets and charged cell phones... all as she moved from a watchful perch on her porch to packing a bag and heading underground. Her last post for a while just stated, "Yes hug everyone... When Okies freak out about tornadoes, it's bad... "
Riveting and horrifying.
As the night dragged on, the death toll rose... but in days to come, stories of helpfulness, heroism and hope emerged. In the wake of such tragedy, there were two stories that reminded me just how powerful humanity is.
While we can't definitively pin our latest severe and devastating weather event on climate change, we know that every thunderstorm, every hurricane, every tornado, now takes place in a warmer, wetter climate due to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Nature's prismatic and colorful moment illustrated that there's a climate spectrum ahead of us that will be decisively noxious and deceptively hopeful.
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