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Hurricanes, Wildfires, Flooding -- Is The Apocalypse Upon Us?

Oct 18, 2017

Novelists have been writing for decades about worlds in which the climate is in crisis. Those stories are becoming increasingly realistic -- in a sense, the future is already here.

Hurricanes tore into Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Ireland. Wildfires swept across California. Earthquakes shook Mexico.

These recent spate of extreme weather events make the most analytical among us wonder if science is enough to explain our plight.

Scientists say these events are not new. We're just more aware because more people and property are hurt and our changing climate is making storms and fires more intense and frequent.

Yet, despite what we know about climate science, the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and American Academy of Religion reported in 2014 that about half of America thinks these events are evidence that end times are upon us. In some religions, that number goes up to almost eighty-percent.

What we believe depends on how we view the world -- is a disintegrating planet our fate or do we have some choice in the matter? Take a listen to today's show before you pack for the apocalypse.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.