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Since the 1500s, when Spaniards colonized Panama, the isthmus that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, people have cleared and cut its tropical forests. Development, cattle ranching and farming have changed the landscape and the culture, and bit by bit, trees have disappeared from at last half of the country’s land mass.

The cleared lands include most of the southern coast on the Pacific Ocean side and stretches of land on both sides of the Panama Canal. In some areas where trees still grow, plantations have replaced hundreds of native tree species with a single exotic...

yaleclimatemediaforum.org, August 9, 2012
A 2012 Lookback at Climate Writings from the 1940s and 1950s - scaled.Carson_PopularSciences_spread

From the perspective of the second decade of this 21st century, the climate literature of the pre- and post-World War II periods provide valuable historical insights: Not the least of which is that climate by then was already finding its way into popular literature.

The “next generation” on whose shoulders the weight of a warming climate will fall might be forgiven, given their documented drift away from traditional news outlets, for thinking climate change/global warming is the new kid on the science journalist’s radar screen.

It’s just not so.

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