A U.S. State Department report, “The Climate Crisis; Working Together for Future Generations,” sums it all up:
“Bold action to tackle the climate crisis is more urgent than ever. The record-breaking heat, floods, storms and drought, and wildfires devastating communities around the world underscore the grave risks we also face.
“Through our actions at home and our leadership abroad, the United States is doing its part to build a zero-carbon future that creates good jobs and ensures a healthy, livable planet for generations to come.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken adds: “No one country can solve the climate crisis alone. Everyone must do their part.”
“That’s why, shortly after taking office last January 20, President Biden asked world leaders to commit to steps needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius annually.”
John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate change adds: “The world needs to cut emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030 in order to be on a credible path to net-zero by 2050.”
Is this an achievable challenge?
Recently, fossil fuel expert, Alex Rafalowicz, says a new wave of activists (including peace advocates and labor unions) has joined parliamentarians, scientists, and more than 100 Nobel laureates in calling for global action to limit fossil fuel emissions from vehicles and cars around the planet.
Many see action as indispensable for human survival beyond the 21st century. Perhaps first and foremost: redesign of gas-guzzling trucks, buses, and other vehicles to significantly reduce such emissions.
It turns out that extreme weather and the need for climate action top the World Economic Forum’s 2021 list of global threats issued August 30.
Jeff Masters of Yale University’s Journal Climate Connections reports that if verified, the 130-degrees F. temperature in Death Valley, California, would be the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth, ever.
On November 1, 195 countries will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for an annual U.N. Climate Change summit conference.
The agenda is not only packed but as suggested above, critically urgent. In June, according to the State Department news release, America and its Group of Seven (G-7) allies committed to:
*End government support for “unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of this year”,
*Provide up to $2 billion to support developing countries in their transition from coal, and
*Conserve at least 30 % of global land and marine areas by 2030.
There’s not a day, nor even an hour to lose, in fulfilling these internationally-affirmed goals.
As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More