Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Our bleakest dystopias have not prepared us for Earth’s actual future
There is no shortage of apocalyptic imaginings in pop culture, from Roland Emmerich movies to J.G. Ballard books to The Leftovers. There’s also, you may have read, a lot of end-times stuff in every major religion. But the unchecked climate disaster threatening to swallow the globe is a new development, one that the gnarliest Hobbesian survivalist fantasies couldn’t hope to predict. Your Roads and Mad Maxes? They pulled their punches.
David Wallace-Wells’ “The Uninhabitable Earth,” published today in New York, lays out in petrifying detail the scope of destruction that we as individuals are powerless to stop. That said, Wallace-Wells is careful not to fall into sensationalism. Take this, from the introduction:
What follows is not a series of predictions of what will happen—that will be determined in large part by the much-less-certain science of human response. Instead, it is a portrait of our …