Warming’s Long Green Shadow

For years, when river conservationist Andrew Fahlund visited congressional offices to talk about droughts and floods, he would spend time discussing the intricate details of water runoff or the effects of changing precipitation levels. Now, with global warming the pre-eminent environmental issue, those conversations have taken on added gravity.

“Suddenly, droughts and floods take on a different tone and dimension when you think about global warming,” said Fahlund, vice president for conservation at American Rivers. “The issue enters every single conversation with folks on the Hill, and it didn’t used to do that.”

The causes and consequences of climate change are so broad that they touch nearly every other environmental issue — from air pollution to drought prevention, from coral bleaching to species extinction. Heeding this new calculus, environmental groups of all kinds have rushed to connect their issues to climate change in the public’s mind.

Source:  Congressional Quarterly

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