All we've got in this country is idiots and liars
The apocalyptic tone of heatwave-reporting doesn’t go far enough – not when the issue is human extinction
The threat of the destruction of the earth isn’t new, but its speed is. The last such event took around 60,000 years. Now it’s happening in real time
4 August, 2018
This summer, the arctic burned. Boreal forests, usually caked in ice, were charred. Further south, from Quebec to Japan, hundreds of people dropped like scorched flies in the heat, as though under a giant magnifying glass. Across Europe, the same: deaths, drought and crop failure.
To be fair, heatwave panic is silly season news. Sensationalism, though, is its own form of euphemism. For all the apocalyptic tone of heatwave reporting, it doesn’t go far enough. Not when the issue is human extinction.