OPINION by Wendy Schmidt: To combat COVID-19, we needed fast science. Fighting climate change will take time — and funding.
Science is the sum of countless daily labors by brilliant people around the world, over months and years, all hoping to discover the elusive. Unfortunately, governments — or rather, the politicians who hold purse strings — are inclined to care most about scientific leaps, not small steps. Funding follows the new, the nearby and the near-term at a great cost: We lose our understanding of the past — and our ability to prepare for the future.