United States, David Victor, California discussed on All Things Considered

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Hurricane. Michael's quick. And powerful strike came in with the war. The most powerful storm to hit you that it's dates in fifty years that was Florida. There was fire to in places like Australia. The fire writing danger for parts of central Queensland has now been rise to the highest level in the state's history gig hurricanes and fires aren't new what is new is there rising intensity or frequency caused by a warming planet? The last two hurricane seasons in the Atlantic. Ocean have been more intense than average for example, fires in California have set new records. Scientists say expect more of that they delivered a new report to the UN back in October. And the findings were quite stark Brenda Equatorial is a climate scientist at the union of concerned scientists she says the report gives governments very little time to live up to their promises. To reduce emissions dozen years that will be make or break whether we can achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. I don't think people really realized how close and how narrow that window is two more pessimistic. Studies followed from the United Nations and the US government. They confirmed that current efforts to cut greenhouse gas. Emissions are falling far short. I asked Ecuador. So what is needed to create the political will to act more science or monster storms like hurricane Harvey or the deadly campfire in California. I think its Harvey. I think it's the campfire. I think people who are in these extreme events are saying this is like nothing that I've ever experienced in my life. I never heard my grandparents talk about events like this. But the hurdle is high in Poland governments fear the political cost of damaging their economies by eliminating fossil fuels as fast as the scientists say they should David Victor is a political scientist at the university of California, San Diego. These two ships are sailing opposite Iraq. Actions in one direction. The science is showing that the problem is more even more severe than we originally thought. And the other direction we're learning that the political challenges and making big reductions are more challenging than people at imagined Victor notes that emissions have dipped in some places the US and Europe, for example. But worldwide there on the upswing, there's been a lot of progress kind of in bits and pieces here and there, but it's not progress that adds up to the fifty sixty eighty percent reduction in global emissions that you need to stop global warming. The Paris agreement was progress but back then the US was pushing governments to commit to a solution. This time around says, Victor, no one seems to be willing to take charge all these different countries. Trying to figure out what to do about the problem. And there aren't any really very clear leaders. Instead, President Trump says the US should withdraw from the agreement. Christopher Joyce NPR news..

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