Newsweek balanced on climate change

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20 Apr 2007

The current international edition of Newsweek (16 April) has an unusually balanced cover story on climate change for a mainstream publication. It points out that, other things being equal, there will be winners as well as losers as a result of global warming:

“Fairly or not, the tilt is destined to favor the countries of the rich North, to the detriment of the poorer South. Within a few decades or so, a balmy Greenland may again deserve its name.

“Russia, long a half-frozen terra incognita, will find its interior frontiers thrown wide open as the Siberian tundra turns to fertile prairie. Scorching heat and drought may devastate agriculture along the equator. The rain forests of the Amazon could be savanna by 2100, according to Brazilian researchers. The vast Sahara will grow ever larger. But America and other rich nations will be left relatively unscathed, because they are removed from equatorial regions that will be hardest hit, and wealthy enough to adapt.”

The newsmagazine also alludes to the possibility that the developing world could adapt to climate change if it has the necessary resources. “The problem is poverty, not climate,” it says. Even the most vulnerable countries, such as Bangladesh, can cope with climate change if they develop fast enough.

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