Environment

The Love Affair with Climate Disasters

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJun 9, 2011 2:47 PM

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In recent weeks, disaster porn has mutated with concerns about climate change to produce an orgy of writhing, conflatedarguments. People, I know you have a lot of pent-up frustration. It's been a rough couple of years: a global recession, climategate, the failed promise of Copenhagen and Obama. I know how you've been yearning for years to hook up with severe weather so you can prove to the world once and for all that climate change and human misery belong together. But what if this is just another passing fling? What will you do when the recent spate of tornadoes, floods, and wildfires fade from the headlines? When will you ignore the urge for instant gratification and settle down with someone you can build a future with? (On that note, you might want to rethink this relationship. It's gotten a bit stale, no?) Of course, that would mean you'd have to live in a reality-based world. Maybe think outside the box a little. Unless you think you can make a go of it with your climate disaster honey. We'll soon see how far you get.

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