NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Katherine Hayhoe of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University about a new report showing that recent extreme natural events are due to climate change.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
The federal government’s newest comprehensive report on climate change and its effects was released yesterday.
The news is grim.
It found not only that humans are responsible for climate change, but human actions are making wildfires, floods, extreme rainfall and droughts worse.
The 48 contiguous states are already almost two degrees warmer than they were 100 years ago, and the surrounding seas are an average of 9 inches higher, and heat waves are more frequent and far worse. We’re joined now by Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Thanks very much for being with us.
KATHARINE HAYHOE: Thank you for having me.
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