The Atlantic Daily: The West’s Impossibly Extreme Weather

The region is beset by catastrophe after catastrophe.

In the West, crisis is becoming routine. Extreme heat, out-of-control wildfires, droughts, floods—climate catastrophes are just part of the weather now. This is what climate change looks like, and it is here.

“Even describing climate-related events as unprecedented or unpredictable becomes less meaningful,” our California-based staff writer Ronald Brownstein points out. “Is an event that has never happened before really ‘unpredictable’ if such events are now happening virtually every year?”

A person wounded in a bomb blast outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan arrives in a gurney at a hospital in Kabul, as medical professionals pull them in.

(Victor J. Blue / The New York Times / Redux)

The news in three sentences:

(1) Dozens of people were killed, including at least 12 U.S. service members, after an attack on Kabul’s airport. (2) COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 100,000 in America for the first time since January. (3) The 2020 Paralympic Games continue, and China leads the medal count.

Tonight’s Atlantic-approved activity:

I’m still a magpie. If it glitters, / I want it, no matter / the cost …  Read W. J. Herbert’s poem “Squander.”

A break from the news:

Hugh Jackman is underrated.