It seems that into the news cycle of every natural disaster a new chapter has been added, the one in which climate change is debated as a possible cause. It is now part of the way we talk about disasters, and Typhoon Haiyan is no exception. Many have added their voices that the storm — possibly the strongest ever to make landfall — was spurred by global warming, and this has been followed by the now-standard warnings that this storm is merely the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps this time, the authors speculate, the world will finally wake up and begin to take action.
Yet these articles come at almost the precise time that Japan announces it is backing away from its former, ambitious goal of cutting country-wide CO2 emissions to twenty-five percent of 1990 levels by the year 2020. With its nuclear plants closed after the Fukushima meltdown, the government says that this goal is no longer possible, and is now aiming for a cut of 3.8 percent of 2005 levels. It’s a huge blow, considering Japan is the world’s fifth largest carbon emitter.
As easy as it is to bemoan this decision, it’s hard to criticize considering how lackluster our own national performance has been on the subject. It is news to no one that the United States has done woefully little to curb its emissions and shows no signs of doing so in the future.
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We’ve all been told that “the rent is too damn high,” but just how high is it? Looking at rent amounts themselves can be deceiving: while rents are largely sky-high in the Upper East Side or Tribeca, so are household incomes.
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