Books et al.ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Confronting climate change

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Science  11 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6462, pp. 191
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4639

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Proposed by climate activists and supported by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D–MA), the "Green New Deal" presents a bold vision for transforming infrastructure at the rate and in the manner that pressing climate change necessitates while restructuring the current economic system. Two new books—Naomi Klein's On Fire and Jeremy Rifkin's The Green New Deal—present arguments for adopting such a plan. Although issuing alarming calls to action, both authors ultimately strike a hopeful note, emphasizing the potential for positive outcomes.

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