Heatwaves happen pretty much every summer. But 2019 has been exceptional as records are being shattered across the northern hemisphere.
Climate change scientists said it’s evidence that the planet is overheating and time is now running out to stop irreversible damage.
But the international community remains as divided as ever over what to do about it.
CGTN’s Owen Fairclough has more in this report.
To discuss all of this:
- Ma Tianjie is the Beijing managing editor for China Dialogue.
- Arunabha Ghosh is the founder and CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water.
- Bob Ward is the policy and communications director at London’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
- Paul Bledsoe served as a climate advisor for U.S. President Bill Clinton and is a strategic adviser for the Progressive Policy Institute.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 4, 2019
#UPDATE Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between #foodsecurity and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark UN climate assessment says https://t.co/UXcISl8Anq #IPCC pic.twitter.com/fzfESdPqrs
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 8, 2019
Temperatures are rising twice as fast in the Arctic compared to the average global temperature rise.
— National Academies (@theNASEM) August 9, 2019