- Maya Almaraz
Greta Thunberg and mass protests defined the year in climate change.
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
In an article titled "Greta Thunberg and mass protests defined the year in climate change", Ben Houlton was interviewed by NBC news to comment on the climate change action's potential tipping point:
"Scientists say these extreme events are likely linked to climate change and will become hallmarks of the “new normal” for the planet.
“Climate change is not about how we’re going to become extinct in 10 years or 20 years,” Houlton said. “It’s about: How much suffering do we want on the planet? How many people have to die or move their homes? How much economic disruption do we want?”
In the U.S., the disruptions have been apparent, according to Joanna Lewis, an associate professor of energy and environment at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Parts of the Midwest and the South saw record flooding this year and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded weather and climate disasters in 2019 that each cost more than $1 billion."
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