Dispatch from a Sinking Island
The tiny island nation of Nauru is in big trouble. Multinational corporations -- and then the nation itself -- strip mined the once tropical isle into oblivion for its phosphate. Now, sea level rise, driven by climate change, is threatening to consume the coastline; the only part of the island that's still inhabitable. The nation's president just published a wonderful op-ed in the NY Times -- not to ask for pity, but to ask us to view his country's predicament as a metaphor for the looming crises caused by the changed climate. He then calls for the international community to get its act together in preparing to address those crises -- simply put, it's a must-read.