"Someday, I’ll write about the political effects of environmental pollution, about how, when the middle class in places like Hungary and Taiwan eventually got fed up with their ruling parties, one of the first issues around which they organized was the environment, because it was visceral and seemingly apolitical."-
Evan Osnos’ prescient final line of a chilling account of the lifestyle people accept in Beijing, a city engulfed in smog.
It makes me wonder, once again, what could possibly be wrong with Americans that in our country, we’ve politicized the matter of global health and survival to the point that it’s become a non-starter. It also makes me wonder why the hell anyone would willingly move to Beijing.
"The situation “scares the hell out of me,” said one author of the paper, James H. Brown, who is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. “We’ve created this enormous bubble of population and economy. If you try to get the good data and do the arithmetic, it’s just unsustainable. It’s either got to be deflated gently, or it’s going to burst."- Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary? The earth could be nearing a point at which sweeping environmental changes, possibly including mass extinctions, would undermine human welfare, 22 prominent biologists and ecologists warned on Wednesday.