Background Briefing: July 26, 2021
The World’s Climate Scientists Meet as Fires, Floods and Droughts Ravage the Planet
We begin with more than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists representing 195 governments meeting to create the latest report from the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) amid the alarming evidence of global warming in the form of unprecedented fires, floods and droughts. Joining us to discuss the new report underway from the IPCC following the last report in 2013 is Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University who along with other IPCC authors won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His latest book is The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet and we discuss what can be done to reverse science denial which is killing the planet in terms of global warming denial and is about to kill many more unvaccinated Americans above and beyond the 600,000 who have already died from Covid. With Siberia, Canada and the Western states on fire and floods in Germany and a drought in California, we look into whether the world’s leaders who will meet in November to cut greenhouse gas emissions will be up to the task of reducing CO2 in the atmosphere by 50% in the next 10 years before it is too late.
The Author of How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos