Climate change is no longer a distant worry, discussed solely among scientists and environmentalists. Climate change is happening now, and it’s hurting millions of people and costing billions of dollars annually.
But the Earth is an astoundingly complex system, and tracing a line from greenhouse gas emissions through natural disasters and all the way to their effects on people is tough even for scientists, let alone the general public. Meeting that challenge is the driving force behind “Drought, Flood, Fire(link is external)” (Cambridge University Press, 2021), by UC Santa Barbara’s Chris Funk(link is external), which aims to demystify how climate change contributes to catastrophes. Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara will host Funk in an online event(link is external) Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Pacific time.