Thawing winter's icy grip, with prayer

Media headlines about this year’s severe winter weather continue to pile up as rapidly as the latest snowfall here in Wisconsin: “Blizzard conditions likely,” “Unyielding winter weather delays airlines,” “Severe weather estimated to cost US economy nearly $50 billion.”

Yet last year was also the driest in over a century in California—and the drought continues. Meanwhile, Great Britain is slogging through its wettest winter ever; the Thames burst its banks in London, and other areas have been under water since December. During the recent Winter Olympics, daytime highs hitting 50 degrees F. made Sochi one of the warmest cities ever to host the Winter Games.

One website summed it up: “Why is global weather out of whack?” Good question, but perhaps a more urgent—and meaningful—one might be, What can we do about it?

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