24 June 2006

Climate Change: PARADE Cover Story

Tomorrow's issue of PARADE Magazine features a cover story on Climate Change. PARADE, a weekly news magazine circulated in newspapers around the US, is the latest in a string of mainstream media outlets to give climate change a prominent placement.

Eugene Linden, author of The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, writes about changes happening right now, including increasing storms, drought in the west, increasing pests, and focuses on the financial impacts. He cites insurance rate increases and the affect of drought on hydropower and housing prices as potential financial impacts, concluding that "For America's workers, climate change will feel like an enormous tax, stripping savings and imposing costs ranging from disrupted jobs to a rash of health threats."

He also raises concerns about climate change impacts on earlier civilizations, such as the Mayans in the Yucatan and Akkadians of Mesopotamia, claiming that "Past civilizations had no way to know that climates could change. We do. But if we are to avert disaster, we have to act on our knowledge, and we haven't done that yet."

In a sidebar, PARADE offers some ideas about what ordinary citizens can do and features 25 Ways to Curb Climate Change on its website.

Read the feature: PARADE Cover Story

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