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This has been a very trying 2 months for Greece. First, the people had to deal with record temperatures. Then parts of the country were hit with record wildfires, many of which may have been caused by arsonists. Finally, large areas – particularly Thessaly – have been hit with record rainfall. Some places saw 2 feet of rain in 24 hours! The death toll in Greece stands at 11, with 7 still unaccounted for.
It was one year ago Thursday that my 3 companions and I transited the Thessalian plain – through Lamia and Thermopylae on our way to Volos and the Pelion slopes. Thank the Gods the rainfall this week didn’t happen last year at this time, or we might well have joined the residents and tourists awaiting evacuation by boat from the area! May the people of Greece survive, and thrive, after these trying times.
Make no mistake, this isn’t just bad luck. This is a confluence of factors that are the direct result of anthropogenic climate change. Our species simply must make much greater collective efforts to control our production of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. If we do not, then what we’ve seen so far will be as nothing compared to what is to come.