Two proposals and a reality check

by Mikel JasoYesterday’s New York Times published three terrific op-eds worth a second thought.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan and David Victor argue that, “To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air.” Carbon is the main climate culprit, but we can’t ignore and might as well start with tackling the other greenhouse gas pollutants.

Bruce Usher argues that, “On Global Warming, Start Small.” Not too small, mind you. Individual volunteerism won’t do. But U.S. energy policy is made in the states, and many states are making significant progress on sensible policy measures.

Jack Hedin provides “An Almanac of Extreme Weather” from his Minnesota family farm and an important wake-up call for why we are doing what we doing. In the end, “climate instability”—the extreme fluctuations around a warming climate—may prove at least as damaging as the slow but steady upward trend in temperatures.

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