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Can Humans Get Used to Having a Two-Way Relationship with Earth’s Climate?

Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Earlier this summer, I was invited to write an essay on humanity’s troubled relationship with the changing atmosphere for a special issue of Audubon Magazine centered on the Audubon Society’s comprehensive new report on birds in a changing climate.

The issue is now published online and in print and has a range of excellent features, including “How Climate Change is Sinking Seabirds” by Carl Safina, “Why U.S. Forests Are Fueling Europe” by T. Edward NIckens, “Rethinking How We Think about Climate Change” by Elizabeth Kolbert, and a stunning photo essay on climate change.

In part, my article, “How We Ran Out of Airtime,” considers the current human-generated carbon dioxide buildup in relation to a tumultuous period of atmospheric disruption triggered by another life form some 2.4 billion years ago.

Click here to read more from this September 10, 2014 New York Times essay by Andrew Revkin.

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