02 Jun '11, 8am

sometimes panic is an appropriate response @grist

sometimes panic is an appropriate response @grist

One morning in the not too distant future, you might wake up and walk to your mailbox. The newspaper is in there and it's covered with shocking headlines: Coal Plants Shut Down! Airline Travel Down 50 Percent! New Federal Carbon Restrictions in Place! Governor Kicked Out of Office for Climate Indolence! Sometimes change is abrupt and unsettling. History shows that societies in crisis too often leap from calm reaction to outright panic. The only thing your bath-robed, flip-flopped, weed-eating neighbor wants to talk about over the fence isn't the Yankees, but, of all things ... climate change. Shaking your head, you think: What just happened? With a non-binding agreement coming out of Copenhagen at the same time that atmospheric CO2 creeps above 390 parts per million, it's possible that a new feeling might soon gain prevalence in the hearts of people who understand climate ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2009-12-23-the-coming-climat...

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