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The Prospect editorial: Climate change—local difficulties and planet-sized problems

Global warming is not the kind of phenomenon that the human mind has evolved to regard as a clear and present threat

By Tom Clark   July 2019

Illustration by CLAY DISARRAY

Look at the Earth from Mars or Venus, and it wouldn’t be hard to spot the biggest problem facing its inhabitants. From the vantage point of our barren planetary neighbours, where life is ruled out by a punishing climate, the potentially runaway rise in the temperature of our habitat would rank unambiguously as our gravest peril.

But as Britain, or more accurately the Conservative Party, picks a new prime minister, the climate is hardly registering. The defining issue—the thing that one candidate refused to rule…

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