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Ilan Kelman: Hurricane Harvey Isn’t a “Natural” Disaster. Politics Created the Chaos

Don’t blame climate change for Houston’s vulnerability. A hurricane need not become a disaster. Weather and climate don’t cause disasters—vulnerability does. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this means that the widespread discussion as … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Margaret Klein Salamon: The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid

Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis. Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

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