Eugene Linden is the author of The Winds of Change: Climate Weather, and the Destruction of Civilization and, most recently, The Ragged Edge of the World. Read more about his work here.

Crisis Cowering

Future generations will look back on this decade and wonder how the world didn’t act sooner to fight global warming and economic depression—the twin threats to civilization.


Politicians and businesses have long complained about the price of fighting climate change. Now they're getting a taste of just how expensive inaction will be.

We need to stop debating and start accepting that climate change is happening. Eugene Linden on how adaptation and market forces might temper the coming catastrophe. PQ// If government stopped smothering the market signals coming from the insurance market, both adaptation and calls for action on dealing with global warming would accelerate enormously.