Diane Dumanoski

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Moving the Earth

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment By James Gustave Speth, Yale University Press, 299 pages, $24.00 More than 30 years ago, in 1972, the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment put the world on notice, warning that the rapidly expanding human enterprise was jeopardizing the stability of planetary systems that sustain life. In the years since, we have called this multifaceted dilemma "the environmental crisis." The realization is now dawning in some influential quarters that this predicament is also a historical and cultural crisis that confronts us with the greatest adaptive challenge that humans have ever faced. In recent months, Tony Blair's top science adviser, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, and Canada's environment minister all judged that climate change presents a far graver threat in coming decades than international terrorism. Although the term "global warming" suggests a gradual transition to a warmer world,...