ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

An Inconvenient Apocalypse

The Pew Research Center has released a new survey showing that 61% of respondents in 18 countries think climate change is a leading threat to their national security.  For the 39% adrift on the rising seas of climate skepticism, this week's headlines offer a potpourri of hotter summers, water rationing, climate-induced suicides, ghost forests, temperature tipping points, and soon-to-be-uninhabitable regions of the globe—all of it dragged-and-dropped for posterity into Al Gore's Inconvenient Sequel.  But not to worry.  It is righteous to terrify and depress the planet’s youngest citizens.  As the New York Times reminds us, "Bringing people around is a big challenge in the fight against climate change."