If global warming is real, how should humankind respond?

An old story speaks of a town meeting in New England. It grew suddenly dark. Some said that the darkness was a sign that the world was about to end, and that the meeting should close. One of the selectmen spoke up. "Either the world is coming to an end or it is not," he said. "If it is not, we should be foolish to adjourn. If it is, I desire to be found doing my duty. Let candles be brought."This robust response has something to tell us about how we should respond to global warming, the latest of many threats that are supposed to be bringing disaster to humanity. There have been many threats in the past: some were hugely exaggerated (the millennium, shortage of energy), some turned out to...

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