Contributing editor Graeme Pente highlights the prescience of nineteenth-century utopian thinker J.A. Etzler and what that might offer us in the face of climate catastrophe.
Flooding in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. Credit AP.
The future is grim. David Wallace-Wells’s recent New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019) looks unflinchingly at what the latest science on climate change suggests is in store for us humans. Of course, as Wallace-Wells points out, we need not rely on climate models and predictions to glimpse the future; the devastating effects of a warming planet already surround us. And they’re only going to get worse. What he calls the cascading effects of climate change will accelerate and compound. Deadly heat waves, drought and food shortages, wildfires, air pollution, lack of fresh water, ocean acidification, and weather disasters will place increasing stress on our economic, political, and social systems—on, in a…
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