Our very own Maximum Leader Chip and our very own Maximum Story Editor Katharine have a piece in Slate today on the basics of global warming.

Consider that seas worldwide have risen 4 to 8 inches in the last century, causing Massachusetts alone to lose 65 acres a year. They’re expected to rise another 3.5 to 34.6 inches by 2100. Even moderate estimates allow for an 18-inch increase. More than half of U.S. residents live in coastal areas. We’re not in Kansas anymore, but maybe we should be.

Hee hee.

Read the whole thing.