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“It is worse, much worse, than you think.” - David Wallace-Wells
If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, impacting thousands of lives. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.
In his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, journalist David Wallace-Wells chronicles how these events are only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable – and other parts horribly inhospitable – by the end of this century.
On February 19th, join the New America Fellows Program, Future Tense, and New America NYC for a conversation with David Wallace-Wells and Bina Venkataraman about the far-reaching impacts of climate change and steps environmentalists, policy makers and citizens can take to impede short-term threats and build long-term strategies for resilience.
Follow the conversation online using #UninhabitableEarth and by following @NAFellows, @FutureTenseNow, and @NewAmericaNYC.
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David Wallace-Wells @dwallacewells
2019 National Fellow
Author, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
Columnist and deputy editor at New York Magazine
Bina Venkataraman @binajv
2016 National Fellow and 2017 Future Tense Fellow
Author, The Optimist's Telescope (August, 2019)
Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT
Copies of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming will be available for purchase.
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