Explaining climate inaction

2018-08-03

in Economics, History, Politics, Science, The environment

A couple of days ago the New York Times published a long and controversial article by Nathaniel Rich which purports to explain why, despite decades of strong scientific consensus about the seriousness of climate change and the action needed to keep it under control, we’re still on track for catastrophic warming: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.

The account is disputed, among others by Naomi Klein who questions the idea that ‘human nature’ is to blame: Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature”.

The Economist‘s cover story has a similar theme: The world is losing the war against climate change. I have written before about how inconsistent their coverage is and, in particular, how they have never reconciled their acceptance of the need to confront climate change with the unfaltering priority they accord to continued economic growth.

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anon August 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm

I guess identifying why we’re failing is necessary to chart an effective course forward, though it goes to far to assume there is ANY easy path to political success on climate change or other major issues of GLOBAL injustice.

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