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Smoky Afternoon

Wildfire smoke shrouds the Long Island Sound (Larchmont, New York)--June 7, 2023.

The New York City area is experiencing a historic period of wildfire smoke. Thick smoke from wildfires in Quebec brought blood-red sunrises, an acrid smell of fire, and almost apocalyptic darkness during mid-afternoon. The visibility crashed to 0.75 miles and the Air Quality Index spiked at 484 in the City.

Climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels is resulting in increasing vapor pressure deficits (a measure of dryness). In turn, fires become more frequent, more expansive, and more intense. To date, the fossil fuel industry receives approximately $5.9 trillion in subsidies annually according to the IMF's methodology that incorporates externalities such as climate change-driven disasters. No policy efforts aimed at directly reducing the burning of fossil fuels are underway and CO2 emissions continue to move farther from the trajectory required to limit warming to 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels.

Recent weather extremes--extremes that are increasing in magnitude at a faster rate than the temperature is rising--hints that the world's climate may be approaching or even have reached a critical point. Beyond that critical point may lie a harsher and more unstable climate. The unprecedented smoke event in New York City is perhaps just another symptom of the climate transition that leads to that more volatile climate state.
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37 comments

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Wonderful and remarkable image.
Interesting note.
11 months ago ( translate )

Eric Desjours said:

Dramatic and flagrant stigmata of what you denounce, Don.
Environmentalists who denounce and actively oppose the continuing industrial escalation - in which the oil companies are participating - are now being called eco-terrorists by the powers that be, who are supporting the oil companies.
What next.......?
A great photographic testimony.
11 months ago

Annemarie said:

a moody image Don
11 months ago ( translate )

Ed Synchro said:

This is a very poignant capture. I can almost smell the smoke looking at your photo. Very nicely taken and presented.
11 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Awesome capture!

Admired in: www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
11 months ago ( translate )

Tanja - Loughcrew said:

Ich habe es gerade in den Nachrichten gesehen…dramatische Bilder aber es ergibt ein sehr gutes Foto! Alles Gute Don!
11 months ago ( translate )

Jocelyne Villoing said:

Dramatique, quand cela va bien pouvoir s'arrêter !
11 months ago ( translate )

Xata said:

Saw it on the news.... dramatic, just take care
11 months ago

Armando Taborda said:

...great sepia...
11 months ago ( translate )

Günter Klaus said:

Das ist schon dramatisch lieber Don,schön hast du das dokumentiert :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
11 months ago ( translate )

tiabunna said:

A dreadful situation that climate change is creating more occasions where dramatic images such as this arise.
11 months ago

Karl Hartwig Schütz said:

Das ist dramatisch!
11 months ago ( translate )

Schussentäler said:

Es ist ein ein großes Debakel mit einem unvorstellbaren Schaden an der Natur
11 months ago ( translate )

Ulrich John said:

Frightening !
11 months ago

José Manuel Polo said:

Estamos al corriente de las noticias de las consecuencias de esos devastadores incendios en Canada, que traspasan fronteras. Estoy de acuerdo con lo que te he leído. Y los síntomas los pueden apreciar cualquier persona en cualquier lugar del mundo, basta observar y ser un poco analítico. Lo siento.
11 months ago ( translate )