From the Editors

US climate action at last?

Congress may finally be poised to do something, though not enough.

Last month the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that is devastating, though not surprising. It lays out in no un­certain terms the work we must do to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

We’ve heard all of this before. Governments and corporations alike have wrung their collective hands and shrugged their collective shoulders, all to very little effect. Is there anything different this time?

One difference might be the report’s specificity. It demonstrates the impact of climate change on specific regions at 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, 2.0 degrees, and beyond. What has almost always been cast in global terms can now be seen in terms of the losses and dangers to specific communities.