The Climate in Emergency

A weekly blog on science, news, and ideas related to climate change

Ursula K. LeGuin

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I have just learned that the writer, Ursula K. LeGuin, died this past Monday.

What does she have to do with climate change? Plenty. I’ve written multiple posts with her name in them (I’ve just linked to all five, do you see the links?) in this very blog, either using her work as evidence that we did know about climate change by the early 1970’s (she mentioned it in at least two early novels), or attempting to find comfort and meaning by quoting passages of her writing. She is, in fact, the only fiction writer to appear regularly in this way.

When a great soul leaves, we should notice.

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Author: Caroline Ailanthus

I am a creative science writer. That is, most of my writing is creative rather than technical, but my topic is usually science. I enjoy explaining things and exploring ideas. I have one published novel and another on the way. I have a master's degree in Conservation Biology and I work full-time as a writer.

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