The continental United States endured its hottest year on record in 2012, and the planet’s 13 hottest years have all occurred since 1998," David Leonhardt reminds us in the New York Times today.
"Major storms and wildfires are increasing in many regions. The air in much of China resembles soup. The seas are rising faster than forecast only a few years ago, and the costs of extreme weather are rising, too… In the end, the strongest economic argument for an aggressive response to climate change is not the much trumpeted windfall of green jobs. It’s the fact that the economy won’t function very well in a world full of droughts, hurricanes and heat waves.
David Leonhardt makes an economic case for tackling climate change in another op-ed in the NYTimes, “It’s Not Easy Being Green." He concludes with a rare and reasonable solution. Usually op-eds like this one concludes with a call to "action" and "we must do something," which frankly we should all be sick of hearing by now.
Op-eds and similar ‘calls to action’ need to conclude with a discussion of solutions, no matter their difficulty.