This photo was published in the 26 August 2013 issue of the New Yorker. The population of the Za'atari refugee camp in Syria is 120,000 persons -- the population of Hartford, CT.
Photo credit: Moises Saman (credit on p. 49).
|Leatherback Turtle (credit: Wikipedia Commons)|
In 1962 alone, fishermen pulled 186 tons of turtles out of a single bay, the Bahia de Los Angeles. In the early 1970's, Kino lobster divers made a strange discovery. During the winter, the reptiles lazed on the seafloor, barely moving for months. Thus began a decade-long bonanza as divers picked thousands of turtles off the ocean bottom. . . By 1982, the turtle population in the Bay had declined by 96 percent. By 1990, when Mexico announced a nationwide ban on turtle fishing, they were nearly extinct.
Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez the "Aquarium of the World," citing both its extraordinary variety of life and its accessible bounty. In many ways, the sprawling sea is the world's ocean writ small. The west is deep and rock; the east, shallow and sandy. In the Upper Gulf, temperatures can swing from chilly in the winter to hot and tropical in the summer. The water is crystal clear in some places, murky in others. It hosts an astounding 950 fish species, 10 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world, including the world's most endangered marine mannal -- a diminutive porpoise call the vaquita ("little cow").
|Republican Former EPA Administrators (via Wikipedia Commons)|
Climate change puts all our progress and our successes at risk. If we could articulate one framework for successful governance, perhaps it should be this: When confronted by a problem, deal with it. Look at the facts, cut through the extraneous, devise a workable solution and get it done.
We can have both a strong economy and a livable climate. All parties know that we need both. The rest of the discussion is either detail, which we can resolve, or purposeful delay, which we should not tolerate.
Mr. Obama’s plan is just a start. More will be required. But we must continue efforts to reduce the climate-altering pollutants that threaten our planet. The only uncertainty about our warming world is how bad the changes will get, and how soon. What is most clear is that there is no time to waste.