The Common Good

The Social Side Effects of Global Warming

We are at a global turning point. Rampant deforestation, mass extinction of species, global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and the rapid depletion of fossil fuels are all symptoms of today's ecological crisis. Few, however, tend to see any relation among environmental unsustainability and poverty, political instability, and economic crisis.

According to Elizabeth Kolbert's article, "Changing Rains" in the April 2009 issue of National Geographic,

Climate models generally agree that over the coming century, the polar and subpolar regions will receive more precipitation, and the subtropics

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