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Shortsightedness

There has typically been an uptick in disaster preparation in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe.... That was just as typically followed by a return to normal behavior as the memory of the disaster faded.
- ADAM NAGOURNEY and JESS BIDGOOD, In Houston, a Terrifying Real-Life Lesson for Disaster-Prone Cities, NYT, SEPT. 5, 2017


That we came so close, as a civilization, to breaking our suicide pact with fossil fuels can be credited to the efforts of a handful of people, among them a hyperkinetic lobbyist and a guileless atmospheric physicist who, at great personal cost, tried to warn humanity of what was coming. They risked their careers in a painful, escalating campaign to solve the problem, first in scientific reports, later through conventional avenues of political persuasion and finally with a strategy of public shaming. Their efforts were shrewd, passionate, robust. And they failed. ...
Politicians were capable of thinking only in terms of electoral time: six years, four years, two years.
- Nathaniel Rich, Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change, NYT, AUG. 1, 2018


As a species, we’re wired to be nearsighted.
- Adam Grant, How Do We Make the Long-Term Decisions That Matter?, NYT, Oct. 2, 2018


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