30 Aug '11, 12am

If we continue to heat the atmosphere, we will cause lasting, catastrophic damage to the planet. And ourselves.

More from OnEarth OnEarth Blog : Catastrophic Flooding and Billions in Damages Left by Irene, but Will Lessons Be Ignored? OnEarth Blog : Believe the (Long-Term) Hype Web Exclusive : Portrait of a Drowning City The issue of climate change seems to have a refreshing moral clarity. If we continue to heat the atmosphere, we will cause lasting, catastrophic damage to the planet and to ourselves. Yet in the real world, the means to avert such disaster -- the way forward -- can involve some complicated twists and turns. Nothing illustrates this complexity better than the proposals for extracting coal from the American West and exporting it to China and India. For many, if not most, environmentalists, coal is simply bad -- end of discussion. And that’s a reasonable stance. But the author of our cover story , OnEarth executive editor George Black , reveals some bedeviling complexi...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/things-are-more-complicate...

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