Eric Holthaus

Eric Holthaus


Meteorologist | Fellow @umnione | #actuallyautistic | he, they | ecosocialist??❤️

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Today's temperature of 130.0°F at Death Valley is the fourth-highest temperature ever recorded anywhere on Earth. All three higher temperatures are disputed. If confirmed by @WMO , it would be the highest reliably-measured temperature in human history.

That overnight low of 108°F is still preliminary — the day isn't over yet after all. If it holds (it will) it'll be the hottest night ever measured anywhere in the world outside of Oman (109°F).

That overnight low temperatures are warming worldwide more quickly than daytime highs is a telltale signal of climate change. It's also making heat waves more deadly everywhere, because bodies don't have a chance to recover.

"crazy maximalism" = what science says is necessary to preserve civilization and a habitable planet

@mattyglesias  Matty, if your daily desire to preserve peace and rationality for people who look like you are very clearly leading us toward planetary catastrophe, you're actively fostering a revolution. Why can't you see that?

The first megafire of 2021 is the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon. It's already nearly 7 times larger than San Francisco, and has been doubling in size nearly every day since the weekend.

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The drought in the west is really really really bad. Like really bad.

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Today’s air quality in New York City was the worst in more than 14 years. The concentration of fine particulate matter was seven times the @WHO 's healthy limit. The cause? A plume of smoke spanning the entire continent. We are in a climate emergency.

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If the models are right, there could be a typhoon headed for Tokyo on Sunday or Monday. The last thing that #Tokyo2020  needs.

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Today is going to be one of the hottest days ever recorded in the history of California. There will be people who die today because of the heat. There will be people who die today because of the wildfire smoke. It's here, this is it. This is climate change.

? Trump just signed an executive order using emergency powers to gut the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, waiving the requirement for environmental review for construction projects. ? Holy shit.

Wow, this is an absolute game changer. There's now a mRNA vaccine in the works for malaria. Huge, huge news for Africa. ?

So, the heat wave in Canada was so strong that it created extreme wildfire conditions, and when the fires started the heat plumes were so strong they created severe thunderstorms, which are so strong they're creating lightning that's sparking new fires

We've officially crossed over to 418ppm, the highest atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in millions of years — before the pyramids, before the ice age, before modern humans existed. Humanity has never experienced our planet like this. We are in a climate emergency.

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Friends, a gentle reminder: We just completed the hottest 12-month period in recorded history. We are in a climate emergency.

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Hurricane Laura from 22,000 miles up in space, as of 25 minutes ago. A historic image for a historic storm.

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Hurricane Laura is heading directly for Lake Charles, Louisiana, a majority Black city with metro area population of 225,000. The per capita income is $22,855. This is the crossroads of the climate emergency and environmental racism of the oil industry.

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