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When it comes to climate change, there's no such thing as a new normal

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Melanie Guttmann, co-founder of Letzte Generation (Last Generation), a German climate group, expressed her willingness to endure imprisonment for her climate activism, stating that the climate crisis has ruined her aspirations for the future

🔭 The context: Climate disasters are increasingly prevalent
• Vermont recently experiencing its worst natural disaster in nearly a century due to torrential floods
The healthcare system in Phoenix is under strain from a severe heatwave
Florida Keys' marine ecosystems face a threat from unusually high ocean temperatures
New York is covered in dangerous haze from ongoing wildfires

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Often termed the "new normal," current climate incidents imply we've peaked in global warming, yet, they're expected to intensify, setting harsher standards for heat, hurricanes, and floods 
• This decade could see Dengue mosquitoes in London and New York, the Arctic's first ice-free summer, and by 2050, the world grappling with 1.2 billion climate refugees

⏭️ What's next: However grim the situation we must face the stark truth: we're on a steadily escalating path, with new levels of abnormality expected to emerge
• If we don't take action, the situation will further deteriorate

💬 One quote: “I started to realize that no matter if I’m in prison or not, I will never have those things because the climate crisis destroyed everything I dreamed of for my future.” (Melanie Guttmann, co-founder of Letzte Generation)

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