2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Unlike the confuse that abounds when it snows in the winter, so global warming must be a hoax (everything you need to know about why that’s not true here) summers are pretty straightforward: global warming is happening, and as a result our summers, on average, are getting — wait for it — warmer.
Just how much warmer? This handy interactive graphic from Climate Central can help you put it into context. It shows the average rate of warming, since 1970, for summers in nine regions of the contiguous U.S.
They’ve all gotten hotter, but the trend isn’t uniform: one area of the West, you’ll notice, is heating up fastest, at a rate up to 1.32°F per decade. If you live in southern California or Nevada, summer’s over 5°F hotter than it used to be. In the Upper Midwest, on the other hand, the effect’s much subtler, averaging only 0.1°F per decade.
Averaged together, the country’s summers having been warming by 0.4°F each decade, for a gain of nearly 2°F since the cooler days of 1970. So yes, on the long-term scale, summer really is hotter than it used to be.
See how climate change is affecting your region below:
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.