If you were paying attention you expected this, but with the year closed we can officially say that this is the hottest year that's ever been recorded in the US. We're in this predicament due to capitalism's never ending requirement for increased consumption and profit.
Check out this interesting commentary which discusses, among other things, the behavior and mindset of the rich. A recent survey of rich people, 1000 people with an average net worth of $3 million, reveals that a quarter of them feel they would need another $5 million before they would actually feel wealthy. So the never ending drive for profits continues on behalf of these millionaires that think what they have is not enough. We are quite literally making the planet inhospitable in our effort to satiate the never ending consumptive requirements of people that already have more than they need. As referred to in the article Karl Marx predicted that capitalism contains within itself the seeds of it's own destruction. We're watching it slowly unfold before our eyes.