The New York Times The Daily podcast has an excellent piece: Putting a Price on Pollution
Towards the end of the podcast The Times reporter says in November she will be covering a crucial international climate summit in Glasgow.
The world saving goal is to halve the world’s carbon pollution by 2030. She says this is the most important decade, the most important year to address climate change. The major countries are not on track now. She adds:
I’ve really been wondering the last few days is whether these world leaders feel the heat at home themselves, literally feel the heat and whether they feel the political heat from their citizens to take swift action.
That’s a call for all of us to apply that political heat. Ours and our children’s future demands it. These next few months leading up that conference is the time to demand action to save our world as we know it.
Below is The Times summary of the show:
Extreme weather across Europe, North America and Asia is highlighting a harsh reality of science and history: The world as a whole is neither prepared to slow down climate change nor live with it.
European officials are trying to change that. The European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, recently introduced ambitious legislation aimed at sharply cutting emissions to slow down climate change within the next decade, specifically by weaning one of the world’s biggest and most polluting economies off fossil fuels. But can it generate the political will to see it through?