News Release

Climate and “How the World Breaks”


STAN COX, cox at, @CoxStan
Cox is co-author of the book How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe’s Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia. He is research coordinator at The Land Institute. His book The Green New Deal and Beyond is due out from City Lights Books next year.

He co-wrote the piece “A Rising Tide: Miami is sinking beneath the sea — but not without a fight” for The New Republic in 2015.

He said today: “Miami dodged catastrophe in the form of Hurricane Irma two years ago. Fortunately, the city has now avoided the kind of tragedy that Dorian inflicted on the Bahamas. More such rolls of the dice are coming, but I would not expect Dorian to cool down Miami’s developers any more than Irma did. The fatalist logic of Miami’s real estate market works as long as you’re confident you can sell that condo to a greater fool at a nice profit sometime before one of these monster storms takes a bad turn toward Biscayne Bay.”

He just co-wrote the piece “Cap and Adapt: A Failsafe Approach to the Climate Emergency.”

The Democratic National Committee has continued to refuse to allow a debate between the candidates on climate disruption to widespread criticism. CNN is planning a “town hall” on Wednesday, which will reportedly largely consist of CNN celebrity journalists asking questions one-on-one to ten of the Democratic presidential candidates — with CNN’s climate reporter Bill Weir throwing in some questions and some audience questions.

Naomi Klein wrote to the DNC just before it refused to agree to a formal debate late last month: “You are meeting on the same week that smoke from a record number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest turned day into night in the Brazilian megapolis of São Paulo. And you are meeting just days after Iceland’s prime minister led her country in its first funeral service for a major glacier lost to climate change. This is the terrifying context in which you will vote on a series of resolutions to determine whether the presidential primaries will include a dedicated debate about the climate emergency. Not the already scheduled climate ‘forum’ or climate ‘town hall,’ which will surely be fascinating for those who seek them out — but a formal televised debate among the top candidates vying to lead your party and the country.”