Climate Change is a Cosmic Test

The Atlantic is this week running a piece by University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank, who writes, "my colleagues and I have just published a first study mapping out possible histories of alien planets, the civilizations they grow, and the climate change that follows." (The actual study can be read here.)

The moral of the story is predictable. "The true narrative of climate change isn’t some small, local drama of Democrats vs. Republications or business interests vs. environmentalists," writes Frank. "Instead, it’s a cosmic test, one that gives us a chance to join those who successfully crossed this burning frontier—or the chance to be consigned to the scrap heap of civilizations too shortsighted to take care of their own planet."

It's enough to make you very angry, very angry indeed.