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LONDON, U.K.—This is Armageddon summer in the Northern Hemisphere: out-of-control wildfires all around the Arctic Circle (not to mention California and Greece), weeks-long heatwaves with unprecedented high temperatures, torrential downpours and biblical floods. And, yes, it’s climate change. It’s quite appropriate to be frightened, because the summers will be much worse 10 years from now, and much worse again 10 years after that. Prompt and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions now might stop the summers of the

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Where will catastrophic climate change all end?

By Gwynne Dyer      

Prompt and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions now might stop the summers of the 2040s from being even worse, but they wouldn’t do much to lessen the mounting misery of the next 20 years. Those emissions are mostly in the atmosphere already.

A forest fire, pictured on July 31, 2016, in Montana's Bitterroot Range, burned more than 8,000 acres of forest, along with over 60 homes and outbuildings. This is Armageddon summer in the Northern Hemisphere: out-of-control wildfires all around the Arctic Circle (not to mention California and Greece), weeks-long heatwaves with unprecedented high temperatures, torrential downpours and Biblical floods. And yes, it’s climate change, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesty of Mike Daniels
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