ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Climate Disaster Porn

Climate hysteria went off the Richter scale this week with the viral circulation of David Wallace-Wells' "The Uninhabitable Earth."  Sociologist Daniel Cohen has labeled the phenomenon "climate disaster porn" and he's right.  To their credit, climate scientists including Michael Mann have challenged Wallace-Wells directly, some of them acknowledging outright that it is "really hard to fry the planet."  Even more promising, mainstream media reported this week that the massive iceberg that broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf was not caused by anthropogenic global warming. Have we finally agreed to dispense with all the human-extinction apocalypticism?