A firefighter retrieves supplies while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, California. Several thousand people were evacuated as fires swept across the state. © NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images

Facing up to the reality of climate change will be cold solace to those who have lost loved ones in a tragic few weeks of multiple extreme weather disasters, but we also acknowledge the urgency of action to protect our communities from further harm.

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