The carbon skyscraper: A new way of picturing rapid, human-caused climate change

Reprint from the Washington Post

The following post is written by Peter Strauss, the son of Peter Strauss, one of the outstanding managers of the administrative state.

Speed kills.

That’s why firing bullets from a gun is more dangerous than tossing them by hand. Why skydivers use parachutes. Why roads have speed limits. And why it’s critical to understand how quickly human activity will drive the climate to change, compared with past rates. Will we cause gradual shifts that civilization and life on Earth can adapt to — or are we igniting a wildfire that can’t be outrun?

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