Hurricane season has begun with a roar in the Northern Hemisphere. America’s West Coast is threatened by wildfires. Arizona is blanketed in a heat wave. Rains overwhelmed unmaintained dams in Michigan. At the same time, the world is living through a combined health, political, economic, racial, and climate crisis.
Over the past few months, the U.S. has been buffeted by a pandemic, protests over racist police violence, and two tropical storms. Add wildfires to the list as well, as the West prepares to start the week with tinderbox conditions.
Wildfires are burning yet again in the area outside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. The latest round of blazes has sent smoke travelling to the capital of Kyiv, creating some of the worst air pollution in the world.