Adding Light to the Heat of Global Warming
The New York Times tried to add some light to all of the heat about global warming in Sunday's Week in Review. Their review of the science seems reasonable. The earth is warming due to greenhouse gases and will continue to so. Predictions of detailed consequences are not as certain. Sea levels will rise, but when will New York look like New Orleans we just do not yet know.
I think they made a very important point, if we could make absolutely accurate predictions about what global warming's effect would be in 50 years, we still might not be able to move government nor people to act to stop it. The timescale is simply no long.
Without a connection to current disasters, global warming is the kind of problem people, and democratic institutions, have proved singularly terrible at solving: a long-term threat that can only be limited by acting promptly, before the harm is clear.
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