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What Is The State Of Climate Change In 2020?

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Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels CC0: https://bit.ly/2DH1FIU

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc worldwide, another looming threat remains on the back burner: the global climate crisis. 

Climate change has been a hot topic and polarizing issue for decades, with debates over its validity and level of seriousness more political than scientific. 

But the science is clear: Earth is getting hotter and its inhabitants are largely to blame. 

The warmer world is already provoking an increased number of extreme weather events, causing negative health impacts and obligating people to flee their homes. Experts say failure to take considerable action will have devastating consequences. 

What evidence do we have that the world is changing for the worse? What effects are we seeing now in 2020 and what more is predicted?

Who and what are the biggest contributors? What is the status of environmental regulations and policies? What more has been proposed? 

Is there time to reverse concerning trends? What would be the biggest challenges? What’s at risk if we don’t?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, August 17.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.