“On climate change, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.” ––Kofi Annan
The deleterious impact of life in the industrialized world on earth’s biosphere is the defining challenge of our times. Ironically, the looming climate crisis is given a euphemistic name––climate change. In the past decade, earth was ravaged by fast depleting glaciers, deeply intensifying natural disasters such as cyclones and typhoons, forest/bush fires, depleting water tables, diminishing air quality, and record summer temperatures all over the world. Evidently, it is now a global phenomenon––not limited to a region or the third world––since emissions and disruptive natural phenomena transcend political and physical borders. While poor and developing countries will be most adversely affected and be least able to cope with the anticipated shocks to their social, economic, and natural systems, the developed world is not insulated.