Commentary: Fires of the Anthropocene

Humans inaction setting stage for dire consequences

Posted: May 24, 2016 at 1 a.m.

The astonishing fire at Fort McMurray evokes the legend of the monster destroying its maker, reveals the looming outlines of the age of human domination called by many geologists the "Anthropocene," and should be an awakening for us all. Although it's always hard to ascribe individual weather events to general climate trends, the fingerprints of global warming are all over this conflagration in Canada's Alberta Province.

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