Hah. If only. But his column today expands on a point Amy made on Thursday, namely that much of the social unrest in the world is a reaction to the starvation. Kristof actually goes back a step farther.
As we pump out greenhouse gases, most of the discussion focuses on direct consequences like rising seas or aggravated hurricanes. But the indirect social and political impact in poor countries may be even more far-reaching, including upheavals and civil wars — and even more witches hacked to death with machetes.
He then points out several examples of places and times where civilizations have taken out their frustration with changes in weather patterns and poor crops on groups in their midst, whether it's old women in Tanzania accused of witchcraft or an increase in lynchings of African-Americans in the US during recessions or when farm values declined.
The other point he makes is also very important. We here in the US aren't going to feel the brunt of climate change the way places like Bangladesh and Africa are, even though we're among the most responsible, and what's more, we're not doing enough to change our habits or even offer aid to those who will be most harmed. That's not surprising--we live in a bubble here. Our media flashes pretty pictures and acts like the sex lives of celebrities, or worse, the results of whatever vapid "reality show" or serial drama of the month was on the night before constitutes "news," worthy of front page links.
For example, I mentioned in passing this evening that Jason Taylor, a Miami football player, was apparently doing okay on "Dancing With the Stars." I've never seen the show. In fact, the only thing I know about it (I think) is that professional athletes seem to do well on the show and Tucker Carlson didn't. Amy asked me how I knew about Taylor, and my response was that I'd seen the link on the front page of the Sun-Sentinel a half dozen times in the last month. The front page.
And in Tanzania, old women will be hacked to death with machetes because the rains didn't come, or too many came, and most people will never know.