How do you begin to tackle global warming? Take out the ‘global’ part. The Star Tribune reviews The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live.
If you’d like to visit the front lines of climate change, you need not travel as far as the North Pole. Easier to access, and far more revealing of the nature in which climate change is altering our everyday lives, is Louisville, Kentucky. Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, in recent years this city has distinguished itself from other Midwestern river towns in at least one additional respect: Louisville may now be the climate change capital of the urban world.
Charles Darwin’s theory of “natural selection,” competition, and “survival of the fittest” describes evolution during intervals of stability. It tells us that over time, slow and gradual change creates the fittest and most dominant species. Darwin’s evolutionary theory works well when climate is stable. But what happens when climate changes rapidly?
At the end of this calendar year, misinterpretations of Mesoamerican/Mayan calendars will prove correct and catastrophe will beset humans…Or another cycle will begin: world leaders will again gather – this time in the oasis of Doha – for the ritual dance called international climate negotiations.
The Washington Post speaks to Who Speaks for The Climate author Maxwell T. Boykoff on the Heartland Institute controversy.