Our climate is changing at a rate that’s exceeded most scientific forecasts and impacting lives around the world.
140 million people have been displaced from their homes because of natural disasters linked to climate change.
The UN says the number of so-called ‘climate refugees’ could reach 300 million by 2050.
Drought, floods, fires and extreme temperatures can leave entire communities and cities without shelter, clean water and basic supplies.
So, what should be done about it?
Presenter : Hazem Sika
Asad Rehman – Head of International Climate at Friends of the Earth – the organisers of the London conference.
Sterling Burnett – Research Fellow on Environmental Policy and Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News with the Heartland Institute.
Jonathan Neale – Co-ordinator with Global Climate Jobs.
In the geophysical world as well as the policy realm, major climate developments have been coming thick and fast over the last year. Former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow Karen Florini explores some recent highlights as well as possible future directions.
Executive Editor, Edie Lush talks with Achim Steiner, Director of the Oxford Martin School about their center for 21st century challenge research bringing together mathematicians, physicists, biologists, philosophers, engineers to work on anything from pandemics to the future of work
On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military.
As humans drive Earth’s climate into a new regime, it is critical to keep our fingers on the pulse of the planet. Sea level rise is both a stark reminder of our impact on the climate and its impact on us. The oceans capture over 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases, expanding as they warm. They also collect water from melting glaciers and ice sheets, making sea level rise a doubly important indicator of global warming. Without adaptation, a 2-meter rise would displace 187 million people worldwide. Sea level will continue to rise, but how fast? Like its predecessors, Jason-3 will serve as our eyes on sea level rise. Measuring global sea level once every 10 days, it will chart out the global rise of the oceans–a rise that is unlikely to subside or reverse for generations. But Jason-3 will be more than a sentinel of climate change. It will also measure the tilt of the ocean surface providing oceanographers with information about ocean currents, measure wind and waves helping forecasters predict marine weather, and even find local warm spots that can intensify hurricanes.
Dr. Joshua Willis – Jason-3 Project Scientist
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