Did you know that one of those periodic world climate meetings took place last week at Doha in Qatar. Probably not. It's not as if U.S. media had paid much attention.
Go ahead; watch this Al Jazeera video of the very controlled protest allowed by local authorities at the meeting venue. I found the "whole world watching" display very heartening. We're all in this together, though the effects so temperature increases will strike the poorest and weakest most. (H/t Juan Cole.)
You also probably will not be surprised to read that much news from climate researchers is discouraging. We're still hooked on energy processes that belch carbon.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson put that trouble into everyday language.
That passage does something we don't usually see. These discussions are ordinarily couched in numerical language of science -- and most of us can't translate Celsius into Fahrenheit without access to Google (guess this is why we all need our smartphones…)
Clearly, if President Obama wants to be remembered for his long game, he can't let another four years go by without trying to turn the United States toward leadership on climate change. We've made some progress toward reducing emissions. We need to make as much more as we can, since what we put out today, in human terms, essentially alters the climate forever.
Our brains and our institutions are not good at thinking about "forever," but we have no choice.
Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- unpleasant reminders of an inconvenient truth.