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How to Live in a Burning World Without Losing Your Mind

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

It was the middle of June, and my mother had just died. “It's 112 degrees in Seattle,” someone told me. “Fuck you,” I recall responding. “My mother just died. I can't take this shit.” It wasn't the first time I had resented the ever-present nature of the climate threat. At the height of the Covid-19 spike in New York City last year, sirens blaring from every direction, locked down at home, hearing news of friends or acquaintances passing and bracing for more, I avoided climate news. I envied the conservatives their denial. The front page of the paper this week brings reports of floods in Germany, with hundreds of people still missing and at least 164 dead; the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley parched with drought; forest fires in Siberia. And what the hell is a “ fire tornado ”? As my teenage son headed out to spend the next 10 hours playing baseball outside in the New York City summer heat, I read that the smoke from the fires in the West had drifted east, adding to our urban haze. I'm in no...

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