As both a climate victim and responder, the national style-setter leads the way.
For a taste of the brutal new climate to come, look to where the climate is already harsh, and growing more so -- the aptly named Valley of the Sun.
Look at the fires that have raged this year in Colorado and New Mexico, and you're seeing not a "perfect storm" of temporary conditions, but evidence of the new normal in the American West.
This essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if …