“Displacement” as a theme has been cropping up more and more. We have heard about how rising waters are displacing some people, while a lack of water has others scrambling.

Currently, California is facing its largest, perhaps most devastating drought in years, turning once green fertile farm lands into vast brown arid patches.


This particularly hurts farmers, which in turn hurts workers and affects food supplies and prices.  Be prepared to pay more for your produce this year.

In the future, we could be faced with even more terrain changes. This report from a place called “Burnt Creek” talks about jojoba, mesquite bosques and desertification.

Burnt Creek 2041

I’m not certain this is the same place mentioned in the voicemail, but there is a Burnt Creek in North Dakota that is currently a lush area near the Missouri River that’s prone to flooding.

How do we get from today’s Burnt Creek to the Burnt Creek of 2041? Is there any way to prevent it?


Extreme Cold Does Not Mean Climate Change Isn’t Happening!

The next person who tells me this arctic freeze is proof that the globe is not getting hotter is likely to get a snow shovel slammed over his head.

For one, climate and weather are different things. For another, there is actually some pretty good evidence that climate change is actually triggering colder, more extreme weather, not disproving itself.

I think Randall Monroe sums it up the best, however.

ETA: Alaska is warmer than New England today.

Sam is a 20-something student who lives in Minnesota, I think. (Right, Sam?) You can find her online at  tumblr and YouTube, mostly. Sam is lucky to have three of her very own chronofacts:


One of Sam’s chronofacts was decoded to the following message from Oklahoma:

2064 Oklahoma

The fear and worry in the man’s voice is unmistakable. Here’s a possible future where tornadoes are so frequent and devastating that people are forced to live permanently in some kind of shelter where they can’t even see what’s going on outside. While current science is still trying to figure out the relationship between climate change and violent weather events like tornadoes, there is no denying the effect on weather in general.

Life in a permanent storm cellar brings to my mind the Cold War panic, when people built bomb shelters in their backyards and prepared for what many assumed was an inevitable nuclear apocalypse.

We survived the Cold War, and I feel hopeful that we’ll survive Climate Change as well.

Sitting here with the girls and Paul, happy to have my family all together again and hoping everyone out there is enjoying their day too, whatever you’re doing.

We all remember Super Storm Sandy. Now imagine a whole season of Sandys. What a relief it must be when the power comes back on, and you can once again reach out to family far away and let them know you’re ok. 

2033 New York