In these days when Washington is under the almost total control of folks who argue that climate change either doesn’t exist or was not caused by humans, when the EPA is led by a climate denier, and we live in fear that when we go forth and rape the earth this time the repercussions could be imminent and immense, the NYT refuses to give up. The New York Times has been publishing a stunning series of articles on climate change. The information is personal and specific, pinpointing places around the world where people are being displaced or their daily lives are challenged by climate changes that are very real.
What is stunning, besides the stories, is the photos, the videos, the gorgeous graphic display of it all as the NYT prints articles from journalists who travel to places we would never know about, and places that are more familiar, to present us with these stories. I happen to have a desktop computer right now with a big screen and each time I go to one of these articles and the opening video rolls across my screen I am there, right there where this journalist wanted me to go, and I am immediately sucked into this story this newspaper wants me to read. This is a truly great series of articles.
Even if you don’t believe climate change is real, even if you don’t believe that humans can do anything to slow down any changes there might be, it is clear that these changes are happening and that they are already requiring that people change the ways they live. Some of these are cultures that have always lived on the edges of the habitable world, but some are not. It is clear that accommodations will have to be made for these communities which face the obliteration of their way of life and even their possible demise and that this will impact all of us.
There is no way that I could research climate change on my own but the New York Times and many other news outlets use their funds to track this stuff down and bring it to us. This is why we need to go behind the pay wall whenever we can afford to and support all media, but especially the few remaining titans that have informed us so well for so many years.
So please follow the links and read this great journalism published at some expense and effort by the New York Times.
Americans Displaced by Climate Change
A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas
Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity
Living in China’s Expanding Deserts
Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’
A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Town in the Path of Climate Change
Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’
Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village
Newer climate change articles
Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf
Climate Change Mexico City
Don’t get so lost in the images that you neglect to read the text. In the end the words are as compelling as the pictures. The journalists talk to actual families and individuals affected by these things that could just look like extreme weather but which have lasted too long and had effects on living beings that are too far-reaching to be written off as weather events. After all these events come and go quite quickly, although the devastation wrought by weather can be equally devastating in the short term. If you are a climate denier you need to set aside your skepticism and at least open your mind to the stories these people have told to these journalists. As for me, I say “kudos to the New York Times” and please keep up the good work.