This year, a lot of the things we’ve come to expect with the climate crisis happened: there were heavy rains (New York City beat its rainfall record twice in eleven days); there was a big global conference (this one in Glasgow) with modest results; the price of renewable energy fell some more; and a record amount of solar power and wind power was produced, but not at a pace fast enough to catch up with climate change. Fundamental parts of the way that the planet works have begun to shift, allowing for physical phenomena we’ve never seen before. We’re breaking really big things.
Bill McKibben. New Yorker. December 16, 2021.
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