For many island states, the tsunami hit like a fast-action version of what they have long feared would be the result of global warming. CIR’s editorial director talks with the diplomatic mission from the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives, long at the forefront of the campaign against global warming, about the ominous parallels from the devastating tsunami.

Mark Schapiro specializes in international and environmental stories. His award-winning work appears in all media: in publications such as Harpers, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Yale 360; on television, including PBS FRONTLINE/World and KQED; on public radio including Marketplace; and on the web. He is currently writing a book for Wiley & Co. investigating the backstory to our carbon footprints. His previous book, "EXPOSED: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power," reveals the health and economic implications of the tightening of environmental standards by the European Union.