Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, our most harmful global warming gas, have hit 400 parts per million. It's this kind of rosy news item that Alyssa Battistoni must have borne in mind when she composed one of the best introductory paragraphs that I have read in a long while. Writing in the excellent new leftist political magazine Jacobin, Battistoni begins her argument for a united environmental Left thus (warning: foul language ahead):
If you spend any time keeping up with the news on climate change, or even just looking at the occasional graph or two, it's hard not to come to the reasoned, scientific conclusion that we are, in fact, totally fucked.
Read the rest here (subscription required but well worth it).