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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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Disconnected

Of course, we now know that the Copenhagen summit ended in failure and acrimony. The consequences of that are impossible to foresee, but in mid-2010, as the final parts of this book were being drafted, Pakistan was witnessing its worst-ever floods, China was recovering from huge floods in its south and Russia was reeling from forest fires whose severity stemmed from a heat-wave and its worst drought in decades. Climate change, though not directly responsible for any of these events, has exacerbated them. Their pattern, combined with record high temperatures elsewhere around the world, highlights the trend of ever more extreme weather that climatologists have widely forecast.

While we do not know in detail what will happen, we already ...

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