Earth, Wind & Fire

No, not the American R&B group … the two big news items of the week so far are the Philippines’ worst-ever typhoon (Wind) and the near-certainty that Australia is heading for its hottest year on record (Fire). The extreme weather events of recent years and inexorably climbing average temperatures suggest to me that the energy contained in the atmosphere is rising; we keep on pumping out heat-trapping gases, ensuring these events will increase in frequency and severity and climate records will continue to be broken. You have to wonder when our short-term politicians will start to admit that our long-term interests are fundamentally dependent on the environment (the Earth) rather than the economy.

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