One Hundred Days of Climate Action
Editor's Note: This issue's Conservation in Context column by David Orr, and its three responses, focus entirely on the United States. Although we typically attempt to make these as international in nature as possible, this one is unique. Global climate change arguably will be the most pressing challenge to humanity this century and beyond, and will have a most devastating influence on the ecosystems of the world. Because the United States is the single largest contributor to that change, well out of proportion to its population, and because U.S. political leadership at the highest levels has failed to engage in any meaningful way with the problem or to sign the Kyoto protocol, a singular focus on climate-change ramifications of the next presidential administration in the United States seems appropriate. The matters discussed in these four papers, although entirely dealing with U.S. politics and history, will reverberate throughout the world and will profoundly influence all global ecosystems.
Gary K. Meffe