UN releases landmark report on climate as wildfires rage

UN releases landmark report on climate as wildfires rage

>>> I AM BECKY ANDERSON. IT IS 10:00 A.M. IN NEW YORK. IT IS 3:00 P.M. HERE IN LONDON. THE ALARM BELLS ARE DEAFENING. THE UNITED NATIONS ISSUING AN URGENT CALL FOR ACTION IN ITS MOST COMPREHENSIVE LOOK YET AT OUR GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS. YEARS IN THE MAKING REPORTS HUMAN CREATED GREENHOUSE GASES ARE UNDENIABLY RESPONSIBLE FOR GLOBAL WARMING. THE REPORT WARNS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP AND REVERSE WARMING IS TO CUT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO ZERO. CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ALREADY SEVERE IN EVERY REGION OF THE PLANET. IT WOULD GET WORSE WITH EVERY FRACTION OF A DEGREE OF WARMING. CONNECTING US TODAY FROM NEW YORK. IT WASN’T LIKE WE HAVEN’T BEEN WARNED. WHAT IS NEW AND DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS REPORT? >> IT IS A CERTAINTY. THE HUGE DATA SETS AND BETTER SATELLITES THAT PROVE NOT ONLY PREDICTIONS OF 30 YEARS AGO BUT REAFFIRMS THOSE PREDICTIONS WERE CONSERVATIVE. IT IS HAPPENING FASTER AND MORE DRAMATICALLY THAN ANYONE EVER PREDICT. THEY MOVED UP ABOUT A DECADE TO WHEN WE MIGHT PASS THE RED LINE IN THE SAND THAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE EARLY 30s AND LAND BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE DEGREES OF WARMING CELSIUS PAST PREINDUSTRIAL LEVELS WHICH IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLANET ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS. IT IS DIRECTLY DETERMINED FOR WHAT IS BEING DONE RIGHT NOW. THEY STARTED BUILDING POLITICAL WILL INTO THE MODELS. A GREEN PATH WHERE COUNTRIES WORK TOGETHER, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED. ULTIMATELY IS THE BIGGEST X FACTOR OF HUMAN NATURE. >> WE’RE LOOKING AT IMAGES OF YOU IN GREENLAND. TELL US WHAT YOU WITNESSED THERE.>> THEY ARE SORT OF ON THE DEFRAUD SETTING OF PLANET EARTH. LIFE IS EASIER AND IT’S EASIER TO FISH FOR A LIVING. IT’S NOT ONLY RISKING THE LIVES BUT IT IS SHUTTING SO MUCH FRESHWATER IT COULD STOP THE OCEAN CURRENTS OF THE GULFSTREAM. ONE DAY LAST WEEK ANOTHER GREENLAND MELTED TO COVER THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN TWO INCHES OF WATER. THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING WHEN WE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. WHEN WE ARE FOCUSED ON WILDFIRES. SEA LEVEL RISE IS A BIG PART OF THIS REPORT THINK IT COULD BE TWO METERS OR 22 METERS. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF HOW SOON HUMANITY CHANGES ITS FUELS.? IF WE HAVE CAUSED IT, HOW ABOUT SOME SOLUTIONS AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM?>> THE THING TO FOCUS ON IMMEDIATELY IS METHANE. IT LAYS BARE THAT THE THEORY THAT THIS IS A CLEANER BRIDGE FUEL IF YOU IMAGINE A BABY IN THE CAR ON A HOT DAY, THAT IS CARBON DIOXIDE TRAPPING THE HEAT. IT ACTS MUCH FASTER AND IS EASIER TO CONTROL. BY CAPPING DAIRY FARMS AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO CAPTURE ALL OF THAT POLLUTION THAT IS LEAKING UNCHECKED FROM OILFIELDS, THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST PLACE TO START. WE HAVE TO DO THAT TO SUCCEED. LET’S START THERE. THERE IS A CONVERSATION NOW THAT COULD BE MADE HOW MUCH IT WILL COST IF WE DO NOTHING.>> YOU AND I WILL TALK REGULARLY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT GOING AWAY. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE CAN ALL DEAL TO GET ON WITH THIS. WE GET IT AND WE KNOW YOU GET IT, FOLKS. LOOK AT GREECE BEING RAVAGED BY WILDFIRES. NATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE STEPPED UP SENDING HELP. MAKING IT WORSE, DANGEROUS CLIMATE CONDITIONS. LET’S GET RIGHT TO THE ISLAND. FIRES THERE ARE BURNING OUT OF CONTROL. WHAT ARE YOU WITNESSING?>> THERE ARE FOUR FRONTS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE BASICALLY VERY CLOSE TO WHERE THE FIRES ARE CURRENTLY BLAZING. LOOKING BEHIND ME HERE, THIS IS THE APOCALYPTIC SCENARIO. THE AFTERMATH OF THE BLAZE THAT HAS RIPPED THROUGH SO MANY PARTS OF THIS ISLAND. 450,000 OF PRECIOUS FOREST HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DESTROYED. FROM BEGINNING OF THE HEAT WAVE GIVES YOU A SENSE OF THE SCALE. THE FIREFIGHTERS, THEY SAY THEY’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING AT THIS SCALE IN THE PAST. NEVER THIS INTENSE AND AGGRESSIVE. THE COMPOUNDING ISSUE IS THE HEAT WAVE THAT HAS RIPPED THROUGH THE COUNTRY FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS AND THAT OF COURSE INTENSIFIES THE IMPACT OF THE FIRE. YOU CAN SEE HERE YOU GOT ELECTRICITY POLES THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. YOU ARE LOOKING AT A VERY STARK SCENARIO. PEOPLE BEING EVACUATED AND WE FOUND VILLAGES THAT WERE ABOUT ONE KILOMETER AWAY FROM THE BLAZING FIRE THAT DECIDED TO STAY TO PROTECT THEIR LIVELIHOOD. IT WAS SO FASCINATING TO SEE MEN AND WOMEN TRYING TO GET WATER TO FIREFIGHTERS THIS IS THE SEVENTH DAY. IT IS UNPRECEDENTED AND PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED AND DISTRAUGHT AT THE DESTRUCTION. ? THAT IS THE STORY IN GREECE AT PRESENT. CALIFORNIA ALSO LIVING WITH THE IMPACT OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS RIGHT NOW. THE MASSIVE DIXIE FIRE. THE SECOND LARGEST WILDFIRE IN STATE HISTORY AND IT IS STILL GROWING. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS. THIS FIRE ISN’T JUST AFFECTING THOSE WHO LIVE IN ITS PATH. SMOKE FROM THE BLAZE IS BLANKETING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE REGION. CAMILLA IS IN PARADISE CALIFORNIA WITH MORE. >> THE SMOKE IS THICK AND UNHEALTHY. IF YOU LOOK IT BEHIND ME, YOU ARE NORMALLY SUPPOSED TO SEE A CANYON. INSTEAD YOU ARE SEEING IT FILLED WITH SMOKE. THE SMOKE COMING SOUTH FROM THE DIXIE FIRE AND IS NOT ONLY FLOODING THIS CANYON BUT ALSO THE COMMUNITIES NEARBY. THE FIRE HAS BEEN BURNING FOR ALMOST A MONTH. WE ARE SEEING A GROWING BUT WE ARE NOT SEEING MUCH PROGRESS ON CONTAINMENT. WE ARE SEEING THE NUMBER OF STRUCTURES DESTROYED. IT’S NOW ABOUT 400 STRUCTURES BEING DESTROYED BY THIS FIRE. SEEMINGLY EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS AND DROUGHT LEADING TO EXTREME CONDITIONS AND WILDFIRE CHALLENGES LIKE WHAT WE’VE NEVER SEEN IN OUR HISTORY. AS A CONSEQUENCE, WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THESE ARE CLIMATE INDUCED WILDFIRES AND WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, WE HAVE THE CAPACITY IN THIS COUNTRY TO SOLVE THIS. >> GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM DID POINT TO PREVENTION LIKE MANAGING THE FOREST BUT MADE IT CLEAR THAT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. HE ALSO THANKED THE 8500 MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE WORKING TO STOP THIS FIRE. >> MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE THERE BATTLING A WILDFIRE. FIREFIGHTERS, SOLDIERS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE PITCHING IN TO BATTLE THESE FLAMES. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF INJURIES OR DEATHS THANKFULLY THERE. EXTREME WEATHE
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UN releases landmark report on climate as wildfires rage

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