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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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  • Khursheed A.
    05/18/2020 06:50

    7

  • Peter A.
    05/07/2020 15:07

    What a con artist

  • Moha A.
    05/05/2020 16:54

    Mmnb

  • Wayne P.
    05/05/2020 08:22

    They said we was a the point of no return..... 4 weeks of lockdown everyone noticed have much better things look. Need 4 weeks off every year..for everyone

  • Carla S.
    05/04/2020 16:25

    Gore is fromTN I am from TN-I definitely didn’t trust him anymore when he had a $2000 electric bill and talking about-save the planet use less energy-think somebody should’ve been leading instead of just talking

  • Barbara C.
    05/04/2020 16:14

    Vote Blue America

  • Daniel R.
    05/04/2020 14:29

    & now the end is near...& so we face...the final curtain...my friend ..they say it clear.....

  • Dee B.
    05/04/2020 14:21

    that's ex-president, Al Gore to you...another florida theft that left us with an idiot in the White House...

  • Tanya D.
    05/04/2020 13:31

    I think people care more about their lives and the economy right now

  • B A.
    05/04/2020 12:37

    You’re right, the climate hasn’t changed. Talk about inducting your own narrative as false!

  • Mo M.
    05/04/2020 09:57

    Speeches are good, but acts are better!

  • Marius A.
    05/04/2020 08:26

    Nobody listens to pointless speeches

  • Steve P.
    05/04/2020 06:47

    I saw a picture of Sydney Australia Harbor in 1932 and another photo of the same shot right next to it from today ... The waterline and coastline are exactly the same!

  • Cindy C.
    05/04/2020 06:07

    Interesting how mother nature takes care of it's own - With the stay home orders due to the Covid19 virus, less cars on the road has helped clear up the environment.

  • Jean C.
    05/04/2020 05:59

    The cold breeze came 2 months earlier in Botswana this year.

  • Leanne S.
    05/04/2020 05:26

    Then we have Trump .. Its a hoax by China ...

  • Vijay N.
    05/04/2020 03:14

    Everywhere the message is being shared that, to get rid of Corona virus, stay in homes and maintain physical distance from each other. On this issue, I want to ask all of you that, how will all of you ensure who is infected with this virus, and who is not? How will you know that where are the viruses? The truth is that the common man has no such test facility, so that he can know who is infected with the disease, and who is not. May be this virus reaches you through edible material. Sadly, even developed countries do not have the necessary testing equipment, and it is not easy for the whole world to test all of them in a few days, to prove where the corona virus infections are present. . Can anyone tell me authentically how long we have to stay in homes? Can anyone tell me, who will be responsible for the ruined economy? Can anyone tell me that, they all have enough food items, by which they can raise the family without working? Telling people to stay in homes for an indefinite period of time will create a more frightening situation than the corona virus in the whole world. This restriction will weaken the country financially. Unemployment and chaos will reach the climax. The present government of every country is clarifying on this issue that this ban has been imposed to save the life of human beings, so first of all I want to ask the whole world, why more than half of the world's population is poor? For whom else is the refugee camp made? From my point of view this restriction is unfair because every country has different economies.

  • Deborah C.
    05/04/2020 02:13

    Trump is stupid. This is not new folks. He always has been.

  • Charles B.
    05/04/2020 00:10

    Climate "change" has been around since the creation. Remember, Barak Obama just recently bought a $15,000,000.00 home at the ocean's edge. Wasn't climate change supposed to take away our coastlines? Apparently, the Obama's DON'T believe in climate change. His words don't match up with his actions. Can anyone tell me what such a person is called....?

  • John C.
    05/03/2020 23:35

    It's definitely getting warmer here in the UK I think we only had 1 days worth of snow here and it had thames out by next day day our seasons are all messed up