Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Adapt Or Die: Mark Hertsgaard from the Nation

From the Nation, Mark Hertsgaard makes a valuable point:

"...There is, of course, no guarantee that New Orleans or anywhere else can successfully adapt to all that global warming throws at us. If the earth undergoes what scientists call nonlinear climate change--for example, if ice sheets melt so fast that sea levels rise twenty feet in 100 years--all bets are off; it's hard to see that much of today's population could survive such cataclysmic transformations. That is why the essential new focus on adaptation must not diminish the pre-existing--and now growing--focus on mitigation..."

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