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30 years of politics and climate change

Sixteen world leaders, 30 years, one common concern: climate change.

Shifting the global strategy on climate change

One of the more surprising themes of the past few years has been the mainstreaming of worry over climate change, thanks to the work of scientists, activists, journalists, and, due to our new normal of floods and fires, lived experience. It’s increasingly considered an urgent issue among the world’s leaders. In the U.S. alone there have been more than 600 congressional hearings on climate change, and numerous attempts to pass binding limits on carbon emissions according to Mother Jones. Despite those efforts, the United States has yet to take meaningful action on the problem – a discrepancy compounded by President Donald Trump’s decision on June 1, 2017 to withdraw from the treaty altogether.

It’s hard for the counters to break the habit

All of this adds up to a remarkable departure from years past, when climate has been so overlooked that environmental journalists essentially made a miniature beat out of tracking how little time leaders of the world have spent on the topic. Yet, in spite of the evidence at hand, climate change remains the toughest, most intractable political issue a global society, have ever faced. This is not to say that there hasn’t been progress.

This underscores the real divide between the climate philosophies

After years of alarm bell ringing and patient explanation, with ages of climate-linked catastrophe, years of stories about the climate-exacerbated natural disasters that are destroying people’s homes and lives with increasing frequency and furor. Political leaders alike sound different when they talk about climate change now, but as of today, not one single major northern industrial country has fulfilled its commitments under the Paris treaty, and the nonprofit Climate Action Tracker has rated the United States’ plan to achieve the Paris goals critically insufficient. They realize how many of us are finally ready to hear it.

Brut.

01/04/2020 12:57 PM
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  • Sean M.
    03/01/2020 20:05

    Hoax

  • Bernd v.
    02/11/2020 04:20

    Disgusting ... , what they are all talking abouti it ... , just , à lot of ... bla bla bla ... and nothing else ... , Power and Money... and Money ... and more Money , behind all that ... !!! ??? ???

  • Jay C.
    02/01/2020 03:11

    Be honest, who else was waiting for Trump to appear at the end and say, Its a hoax.

  • William C.
    02/01/2020 02:45

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

  • Robert R.
    02/01/2020 00:48

    Globalist horseshit

  • Dow R.
    02/01/2020 00:35

    All the scumbag agree that climate change is the key to controlling the masses.

  • David G.
    02/01/2020 00:31

    50 years with changing stories, deadlines and catastrophic endings. THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG FOR 50 YEARS.

  • Russell Z.
    01/31/2020 23:05

    BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH

  • Lorna G.
    01/31/2020 22:06

    give me the money!!!!!! global warming...just one more way to try to steal money. shame on all of you.

  • Robert I.
    01/31/2020 19:30

    Get lost with your carbon flim flam tax

  • Bradley A.
    01/31/2020 19:28

    Yes 30 years and still one of the biggest lying fools around! Keep complaining about the environment and fly's all over in a private jet and lives in a house hundreds of times bigger than most people!

  • Patrick S.
    01/31/2020 16:46

    Earth’s been warming since the last ice age 10,000 yrs ago.

  • Xavier L.
    01/31/2020 16:20

    I missed President Trump's sound bite on climate change...

  • Al K.
    01/31/2020 15:53

    Please identify any period in the long history of this planet when th climate was not changing.

  • Joshua B.
    01/31/2020 15:33

    Yes, for 30 years we have heard nothing but "The world is going to end in 10 years" its a cash grab mega scam.

  • Phillip P.
    01/31/2020 15:31

    CO2 is a harmless gas. Plants need it to survive. It does not trap heat which is really radiation from the sun.

  • Alan M.
    01/31/2020 14:30

    climate changes take place as the earths tilts during its orbit..to think that humans can change that is crazy

  • Antoni B.
    01/31/2020 14:22

    Freak liar

  • Donald B.
    01/31/2020 11:46

    16 World Leaders, 30 years, One common hoax. Climate change.

  • Johnny S.
    01/31/2020 10:25

    Just wanting to replace the Military/Industrial Complex, with a new power structure. He and his band of characters want to rule the world