Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nature vs. "Nature"

Reading Bill McKibben's The End of Nature 22 years after its release in 1989 is a revelatory experience. For one, it's downright depressing to realize that most of the popular and political debate over climate change hasn't progressed since then, and in some ways has regressed. This has profound implications for the public policies we need to address climate change -- no political support means no policies means no hope of a solution. While the science has only grown more firm, and more widely accepted within the scientific community (according to two recent studies, 97 percent of climate experts think humans are responsible for global warming), the debate, or at least the image of one, hasn't died.