Salt Lake City—It’s been a long road trip for Joshua Johnson, the young American who set out to prove the viability of his theory that humans are not the only driving force behind climate change.
As he sat on a dusty dirt road in northern Utah last week, Johnson had only just returned from an eight-day, six-stop trip across the state, where he spent two months researching a hypothesis that the Earth’s climate system is becoming more and more unstable due to human activity.
“It’s pretty bad,” Johnson told National Geographic magazine.
“We’re seeing more severe weather.
We’re seeing record snowfall.
We’ve had more severe flooding, which is kind of scary.”
As Johnson, an assistant professor of meteorology at Utah State University, has been documenting these phenomena, he has also noticed that the road conditions he’s been traveling have been significantly worse than usual.
The road conditions in Utah have been the worst they’ve been in 20 years.
According to Johnson, “It really feels like this is a bad, long time ago, when we were traveling across the country, the weather conditions were much better.”
Johnson was traveling on dirt roads when he came upon a bridge he had spotted on the side of a dirt road.
As Johnson approached the bridge, he noticed that a tractor-trailer parked on the road was not only not moving, but was actually buckling under the weight of the road.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Johnson said.
“A truck is pulling over with no traction, and it’s just sitting there, with no load.”
Johnson continued his research on the bridge and realized that he was about to find out what would become the first direct link between climate change and a human-caused disaster.
He had just recently arrived in the state and was eager to find his next adventure.
But the conditions were not what he expected.
“This was definitely a big disappointment,” Johnson recalled.
“There was no sign of life.
There was no vegetation, and I was pretty sure there was a roadblock there.”
He immediately decided to stop at the next checkpoint to let the tractor-tractor driver know that he had just witnessed what he had been looking for.
Johnson continued to research his theory, eventually coming to a conclusion that the highway was actually a highway, which means that it was built to carry cars.
“You’re talking about a highway built by people who were not built to deal with traffic,” Johnson continued.
“So the only way to really get a better look is to drive through the highway.”
But what about the people who lived there?
“There are about five people living on the east side of the highway, but the road there is closed and you can’t drive through it.
You can’t get in.
So that was my first thought: There are probably people living here.
And then I realized that there were three people living in the house across the street from me.
There were two people on the house, and they were both asleep.”
The two men were sleeping in a corner, which was an ideal place to sleep.
But Johnson decided to leave the house and travel back through the road to investigate what was happening.
Johnson followed the tractor and tractor-driven road as he drove through the desert.
“And then, I came to a bridge and I thought, ‘Wow, there’s no way we can cross this bridge without getting into a tractor truck.'”
Johnson decided that he needed to get closer to the bridge so he could take a closer look.
As the road went into the desert, Johnson noticed that his tractor-powered truck was not moving.
He pulled up to the edge of the bridge to check it out.
As you can see in the image below, Johnson saw no one.
“But then I started to think, maybe I can get a closer-up look,” Johnson explained.
“Then I started pulling off the bridge.
And there were two tractor-pullers parked on it, and two people were asleep on them.”
Johnson and his crew went back to the tractor to see what was going on.
“The tractor pulled over and the people were not there,” Johnson recounted.
“They weren’t sleeping.
They were not sleeping in the bed.
And I pulled up and I looked and I said, ‘Is this really happening?’
And they said, no, it’s not happening.
And so I said to them, ‘You’re probably sleeping on your truck, right?’
And it was like, ‘Yeah, that’s right.'”
Johnson decided he needed a closer view of the truck, so he pulled it up to inspect the side and rear of the vehicle.
He found that the tractor was moving around, but it wasn’t buckling over the edge.
Johnson noticed this because his camera wasn’t focused enough.
“When you have a camera focused on something that’s moving, you’re not getting a good picture of the