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The Pandemic and Natural Disasters Are Colliding Again

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Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change Image credit: This week’s Apple Fire in California is relatively small by recent standards — but that’s in part because climate change has significantly worsened wildfires in recent years.Credit…Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press Full story:

 

Physicists: 90% Chance of Human Society Collapsing Within Decades

Deforestation coupled with the rampant destruction of natural resources will soon have devastating effects on the future of society as we know it, according to two theoretical physicists who study complex systems and have concluded that greed has put us on a path to irreversible collapse within the next two to four decades, as VICE reported.

The research by the two physicists, one from Chile and the other from the UK, was published last week in Nature Scientific Reports. The researchers used advance statistical modeling to look at how a growing human population can cope with the loss of resources, mainly due to deforestation. After crunching the numbers, the scientists came up with a fairly bleak assessment of society’s chance of surviving the climate crisis.

“Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our study shows that we have very low probability, less than 10 percent in most optimistic estimate, to survive without facing a catastrophic collapse,” the authors write in the study abstract.

From all the issues that the climate crisis raises like rising sea levels….

 

The Pandemic and Natural Disasters Are Colliding Again

The first few months of natural disasters in the calendar year are largely confined to inland regions of the United States — flooding in the breadbasket, tornadoes in the plains and the Southeast’s interior. Though the country was mostly spared catastrophic flooding — like last year’s surge that affected some 14 million people living along the Missouri River and its tributaries — warm weather and high pressure resulted in a throng of tornadoes over Easter weekend, with 140 touching down in ten states, resulting in emergency declarations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. It was the deadliest outbreak in six years, with 38 Americans killed. On the same two days the tornado touched down, some 2,955 Americans lost their lives to the coronavirus…

 

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