01 Oct '17, 6pm

This is what it's come to <sigh>: How to Act on #ClimateChange in a Post-Truth World

You reported extensively on Hurricane Katrina. In fact, one of your key arguments from Field Notes was that governments have the knowledge and technology to prepare for such disasters but choose to ignore the signs until it’s too late. Now that you’ve also written about Harvey and Irma , I’m curious as to whether any aspect of our national disaster preparedness or response, this time around, gave you hope. Not really. In the case of Harvey, Houston was shockingly ill-prepared. They’d filled in a lot of wetlands, developed places where they shouldn’t have developed, etc. And I think Florida got lucky—if they’d taken a more direct hit, we’d be having a different conversation. Now, we’re having a conversation about rebuilding, and these decisions tend to get made on a really ad hoc level. You have people saying, “My house was here, and I want my house back,” and then those ho...

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