Maybe it isn't news, really, to anyone who's been watching the planet disintegrate. According to Christopher Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, climate change is moving at an even quicker pace than had been predicted. Quoted in a recent Washington Post article, he says coal-burning in developing countries plays a major role, and that we're "basically looking now at a future climate that's beyond anything we've considered seriously in climate model simulations." I could be wrong, but I have the feeling he isn't referring to a milder, more pleasant climate.
I may be wrong about something else, too. I've often wondered how things might have turned out, climatewise, had we adopted the environmental philosophies of the indigenous Americans. Somehow, I just can't picture them destroying the very source of all life as we know it. That would be insane.