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Nature’s Fortune by Jonathan Adams, Mark Tercek

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Investing in the Future in the Face of Climate Change

MY GRANDPARENTS IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM Eastern Europe. When they settled in Cleveland, they planted a huge garden with lettuce and pumpkins as well as many fruit trees—apples, cherries, pears, and plums. I spent many childhood hours in the 1960s weeding the garden and picking fruit.

That era did not last long. Even as a grade-schooler, I could tell that air pollution was getting worse, thanks mostly to steel plants and other heavy industry in and around the city. The trees stopped producing good fruit, weakened, and some died. Then, in 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire. You don’t need to be much of an environmentalist to know that something is terribly wrong when a river ...

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