The problems of climate change and global sustainability will enthrall this entire generation. Its storms, both literal and socio-political will sweep up the entire planet’s population.
It seems strange to me that discussions about climate change and the energy economy should almost always occur separately from discussions about the world’s social problems and violent conflicts. The degree to which all of the Earth’s systems are integrated should suggest to everyone that these problems cannot be solved independently.
People who live in cities beside rivers that are drying up are not going to just disappear. Neither are the people living in areas that will soon be below sea level.
Developed countries have built their infrastructures often haphazardly, with missteps and inefficiencies. Can they adapt on such large scales as quickly as the Earth is capable of changing the climate regime they operate under?