Climate Change: When You Know Trouble Is Coming

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT) -- Most of us greet news of a looming threat with skepticism. “Show me” is the usual reaction. We are like the mayor of the fictitious Amity Island in "Jaws," who refuses to shut down the town’s beaches because officially acknowledging shark attacks would hurt tourism.

People who maintain that climate change demands a coordinated global response — now! — are in the same position as the police chief and the scientist in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film. They implore the mayor to respond rationally to risk. If...
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