Mar 30, 2016

Climate Disruption Brings Record Wildfire to Kansas -- and It's Only Spring

Kansas
Oklahoma
USA
by
Dahr Jamail
,
Global Research
Smoke rises along US Route 160, west of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, following a wildfire that ravaged the area, March 26, 2016. The blaze, which has scorched nearly 400,000 acres, is said to be the largest recorded wildfire in the state’s history and has prompted a vast mobilization of firefighters rarely seen in this state. Photo: Craig Hacker, The New York Times
Smoke rises along US Route 160, west of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, following a wildfire that ravaged the area, March 26, 2016. The blaze, which has scorched nearly 400,000 acres, is said to be the largest recorded wildfire in the state’s history and has prompted a vast mobilization of firefighters rarely seen in this state. Photo: Craig Hacker, The New York Times

What we are seeing in Kansas is simply the micro of the macro, a symptom of a world that is increasingly susceptible to burning. We live on a planet that is approaching a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial average temperatures: a level not seen in the last 110,000 years