Fire and Flood: A People’s History of Climate Change, from 1979 to the Present

Fire and Flood

By Eugene Linden. A big-picture reckoning with our failure to address climate change. Starting with the 1980s, tells the story, decade by decade, by looking at four clocks that move at different speeds: the reality of climate change itself; the scientific consensus about it, which always lags reality; public opinion and political will, which lag further still; and, perhaps most important, business and finance. Reality marches on at its own pace, but the public will and even the science are downstream from the money. Shows how effective moneyed climate-change deniers have been at slowing and even reversing the progress of our collective awakening. Focuses on the power of key business interests, such as the insurance industry, as a “canary in the coal mine.” Fire and flood zones in Florida and California, among other regions, are now seeing what many call “climate redlining.” Argues that those same interests could flip the story very quickly—if they can get ahead of a looming economic catastrophe. Read more.