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David Wallace-Wells
Central Park East and Invisible-Exports. Deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine. Host of 2038 and author of THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH.
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David Wallace-Wells 2h
Replying to @dwallacewells
“...training citizens to accept the prospect of inexorable loss, unstoppable chaos, certain doom. Business as usual is robbing people of hope, white-anting the promise of change. That’s not just delinquent, it’s unforgivable.”
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David Wallace-Wells 2h
“Those who lead us and have power over our shared destiny are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. Worse than that, their policies, language, patronal obligations and acts of bad faith are poisoning us...”
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
"That invisibility is a strange feature of this crisis. 'You see one person run over in the street and you’ll never forget it,' observed a Los Angeles environmentalist I met. But thousands dying from the effects of dirty air 'will never even faze you.'"
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
Replying to @dwallacewells
"It's a 'stark reminder that global warming of only 2 degrees Celsius actually represents a climate very different from the one humans are accustomed to, and will bring a greatly increased risk of extreme events that will threaten human well-being.'"
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
"Last summer's extreme heat was an 'unprecedented' hemispheric event that would not have happened without global warming, according to a study presented this week. If warming gets to 2°C, all summers will be like last year's."
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Yale Environment 360 8h
Scientists have discovered that 80% of new sea ice along the Russian coast now melts before it can leave coastal waters — up from 50% in 2000.
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
"As of 2016, the US was responsible, in its history, for about 400 billion tons of CO2 emissions—or 26% of humanity's total. China's historical emissions were less than half of America's, with four times the population."
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
Replying to @Laurie_Garrett
"Like frogs that fail to leap from a slowly heating pot of water until they boil, humans seem to adapt to rising temperatures, evincing little alarm in the absence of personal catastrophe. But humans are simmering, and will increasingly be suffering."
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
Replying to @Laurie_Garrett
"Wallace-Wells has a gorgeous command of the English language, and knows how to lay down prose that moves the reader at such a clip that one feels like a Kentucky Derby-exhausted mare at the end of each chapter."
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David Wallace-Wells 8h
"From his first sentence, Wallace-Wells sets himself and his analysis of climate change apart from the predominant voices of leadership in the field." For the Lancet, compares The Uninhabitable Earth to Jonathan Schell's Fate of the Earth:
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David Wallace-Wells 9h
“2/3 of U.S. voters say 100% renewable electricity by 2030 is important.”
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Margaret E. Atwood 11h
'It's a miracle': hundreds of thousands of survive Notre Dame fire
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David Wallace-Wells 12h
“After 170 years, nobody was quite sure where anesthesia worked on the brain.”
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David Wallace-Wells 14h
“They want what most people secretly want, which is to enjoy the pleasures of a pre-climate-conscious age – foreign travel, strawberries out of season – but in ways sustainable enough to let us feel good about it.”
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Yale Environment 360 Apr 19
Since 2000, Chinese-led policy banks have invested $160 billion in overseas energy projects. 80% of these went to fossil fuels — $54.6 billion to oil, $43.5 billion to coal, and $18.8 billion to natural gas — compared with only 3% to solar and wind.
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David Wallace-Wells Apr 19
Replying to @dwallacewells
Republicans have asked to increase the 2020 budget to $750 billion. Democrats' counter is...$733 billion. "Either way, we'll be seeing a $100 billion increase in military spending from just three years ago."
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David Wallace-Wells Apr 19
"Overall, military spending has already increased from $586 billion in 2015 to $716 billion in 2019—an increase of 22%." This is the highest amount ever spent in American history, aside from a brief peak at the height of the Iraq War.
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David Roberts Apr 19
Replying to @dylanmatt
I find it difficult, looking at the world around me, to conclude that too many people being too scared about climate change is an appreciable social problem. (Also, End of Humanity, while certainly not likely, is definitely among the tail risks.)
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David Wallace-Wells Apr 19
But for me the sheer scale of suffering means that distinguishing between “death at a scale of 25 Holocausts” and “civilizational collapse” is considerably less important than emphasizing just what suffering is possible and how urgent action is to avert it.
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David Wallace-Wells Apr 19
I think it’s important to maintain perspective, and to understand that we are not just around the corner from a game over extinction event.
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