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Plant Focus

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A guest post by Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast and blog

Climate Change and Conservation

Tomorrow, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP21 opens in Paris.  A couple of days ago, I came across an essay published by Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom, that I found quite interesting.  The essay "Carbon Capture: Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?"was published a few months ago in The New Yorker.  It can be found online here

Franzen refers to Woody Allen’s movie Annie Hall, when young Alvy Singer stopped doing his homework because "the universe is expanding." Likewise, our focus on climate change prevents shorter-term conservation intitiatives, writes Franzen. This essay stirred a lot of controversy.