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Scientists have built consensus around the probability that more powerful floods, fires, droughts and storms will occur with higher frequency as the Earth gets hotter.

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The climate crisis is on track to become the most far-reaching and catastrophic disaster the Earth has ever known. This image is an aerial view from space of the 2020 Brazilian rainforest fires. (Photo: OSORIOartist/Shutterstock) The climate crisis is on track to become the most far-reaching and catastrophic disaster the Earth has ever known. This image is an aerial view from space of the 2020 Brazilian rainforest fires. (Photo: OSORIOartist/Shutterstock)

My team and I closed the May 2021 issue of NU Property & Casualty magazine just ahead of Earth Day, the annual event developed more than a half-century ago to raise awareness of environmental protection initiatives and the peace movement.

It would be glorious to be able to write that the world has come a long way since that first Earth Day observance in 1970. But sadly, violence and social unrest continue to grip my country, and the Earth itself is in worse shape than it was 50 years ago.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Executive Editor Elana Ashanti Jefferson is a veteran journalist and communications professional. She can be reached by sending email to [email protected]

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