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Global Warming and Its Discontents

As George Will tries to refute the mountains of evidence pertaining to the threat of global warming, New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her new book on the subject.


Crooks and Liars:

ON “THIS Week” yesterday, George Will gave us all a science lesson on the topic of global warming. Katrina and Fareed disagree.

Will: “The fact is that any solution requires trillions of dollars of sacrifice from world economic growth. That’s trillions of dollars that won’t be spent on education, culture, aides prevention [“liberal causes”]. Are we sure we want to do this?”

Zakaria: I’m not sure that’s true George…

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Buzz Flash:

Few of us have the opportunity to camp out on the Greenland ice sheet or gaze at mammoth icebergs floating lazily in the bay. But journalist Elizabeth Kolbert has, and her report to the rest of us is both awesome and unsettling – which is her intent. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change truly sounds an alarm. Kolbert visited key research sites herself. She questioned the scientists, as well as local residents, and observed not only the data, but the land and seascapes firsthand. Her report tells us in layman’s terms what the world’s top climate researchers are already seeing. She wants us all to understand global warming, and why we can no longer ignore or deny it.

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