The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its sixth Assessment Report. The news is not good. Environmental geographer Stephanie Spera from the University of Richmond joined the Monday Buzz.
August 9th, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change released the Physical Science installment of its Sixth Climate Assessment. The news is dire and the blame unequivocal: massive climate change is already upon us, and the blame lies squarely with human activity. Even if every nation on earth hits its Paris Accord carbon targets, the earth will likely warm by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or more than 2 degrees Celsius if current trends continue. The Arctic ocean could be ice-free every year, sea levels could rise as high as 2 meters or more, and droughts and wildfires such as those experienced in Western North America and the Greek Islands will become commonplace. Joining us with a reaction is Professor of Geography and the Environment at the University of Richmond, Stephanie Spera.