New Scientist, the National Enquirer of pop science journalism, needs us to know that we do not inhabit the best of all possible worlds. Earth is not the exact right distance from the sun.
Anyone trying to grow bell peppers in Ottawa, Canada, knows this already. It’s curious how much pop science journalists need to on the one hand decry our earthly good fortune and on the other to proclaim disaster when anything humans do might upset the precious ecology.
See also: Privileged Planet.