The Latest U.N. Climate Report is Beyond Alarming
We begin with today’s alarming report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which finds that within the next two decades temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above the 1.1 degrees (2 degrees Fahrenheit) the planet has warmed since the 19th century. This means a hotter future is locked in and is now unavoidable and that we have a very short window in which to stop global warming from getting much worse. Rachel Cleetus, the Policy Director with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists who is an expert on the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been attending international climate negotiations since 2009, joins us. We discuss how the extreme weather events we are seeing with fires in Canada, California, Siberia, Turkey and Greece and floods in Germany and China are now the new normal. Indeed the new report makes clear that in the next 20 to 30 years extreme weather will get worse unless leaders wake up or the public forces them to stop burning fossil fuels before plant and animal species are gone, coral reefs disappear and a billion people will be sweltering in life-threatening heat from which there will be no escape.
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