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What does Wallace-Wells mean when he describes the potential effects of climate change as a series of "cascades"?

Wallace-Wells means that these potential effects do not occur separately but are bound up together. By this model, warming will not affect isolated environmental areas but instead has the potential to transform ecosystems, with various separate effects building on and collaborating with one another to bring about destructive events that are difficult to predict.

According to Wallace-Wells, what are some of the factors contributing to human indifference toward the threat of climate change?

Wallace-Wells writes that a false sense of climate change's inevitability bolsters humans' indifference toward it, as well as the feeling that solving it is someone else's problem. He also suggests that the human capacity to normalize extreme events plays a role here.

Why does Wallace-Wells use the plural pronoun "we" throughout the book?

Wallace-Wells intends to...

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