One of the reasons it’s hard to get people to worry about climate change is that it’s often considered a long-term problem. Hell, even I have trouble getting worked up about it some days, and I’m paid to do so.

So I was intrigued by this note from a scientist I’d contacted for a story: “Whereas your group is focusing on short-term trends such as climate change and global warming, we are investigating the long-term effects of plate tectonics … Whereas climate change happens on a time scale of a few hundred years, the formation and breakup of continents takes millions of years.”

See, it’s all in how you look at it.

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