Islanders are the canaries…

Penelope Mann, LA Times, 11/19/2013

How poignant to read of a man from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati seeking asylum in New Zealand because rising tides are swamping his homeland.

If, decades ago, oil companies had been required to internalize the environmental cost of carbon dioxide emissions, we might not be at this crisis point.

One effective action would be to levy a fee on carbon emissions. British Columbia and Sweden are doing so and are reducing their emissions. This action also encourages more green energy development.

As J. Maarten Troost writes, “Islanders are the canaries in the coal mine.” We’d be wise to pay attention.


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