THE BLOG
08/13/2010 01:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Main Event

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here it is, the main event you have all been waiting for,

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies yesterday published a new report aptly titled July 2010 -- What Global Warming Looks Like. And it looks like this:

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Climate Progress offers the following play-by-play analysis:

  • The fasting month of Ramadan began yesterday in sorrow for 14 million Pakistanis, as one fifth of the nation is underwater from the worst monsoon-related floods in living memory.
  • Weeks of flooding and landslides in China have affected over 140 million people in 28 provinces as rivers like the Yangtze, the Yellow and the Songhua have swollen from the extreme rains.
  • Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic face millions of dollars of damage after flooding rains last weekend carved a "swath of destruction," killing at least 11 people and damaging hundreds of homes and businesses.
  • Russia's unprecedented heat wave, which has killed thousands and caused15 billion in damage to the country's economy, may be the "first disaster unequivocally attributable to anthropogenic climate change."

The World Meteorological Organization, in its report titled Unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events, explains that

"Climate extremes have always existed, but all the [current] events compare with, or exceed in intensity, duration or geographical extent, the previous largest historical events. ...studies of the past climate show no record of similar high temperatures since the tenth and eleventh centuries in Ancient Russia."

As far as I can tell, neither of these reports is on the front page of any American newspaper this morning.

Welcome to your future.