"I always thought climate change was a bunch of nonsense, but now I really do think it is happening", said White, a 65-year-old Trump supporter, as she and her young grandson watched workers haul away downed trees and other debris lining the streets of her posh seaside neighborhood last week, just as Hurricane Michael made landfall 700 miles away in the Florida Panhandle.
In "Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life", University of OR sociology professor Kari Marie Norgaard noted that people "stopped paying attention to global climate change when they realized that there is no easy solution".
The IPCC report paints a bleak picture that humans have already caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming and at the current rate this will reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052.
The novelty of DICE was the integration of findings across disparate disciplines including physics, chemistry, and economics to model the link between economic activity and carbon emissions, leading to higher atmospheric carbon concentration and related higher global average temperatures.
For those who like to plan where will you will be and what you will be doing in twenty years a complicating factor that has for too always been ignored must be considered: climate change. Inuit and Indigenous peoples are well placed to add that human understanding to spur action.
That's why Conservation International is working with governments, companies and communities to ensure that nature's contribution to addressing climate change is fully maximized. The rest of the world can not afford to ignore our struggles in the Arctic because what happens in the Arctic does not stay there.
Again: We need to vote for science. The connection is there. "The higher the warming gets, the more likely these insidious vicious cycles happen", he said. These are our universities. Why take a chance on a polluted planet for your children and grandchildren? But we need to look at how we incentivise business entities to best meet contemporary challenges and opportunities.
These alternate futures were laid out last week in a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that explores the possibility of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial times by 2100, instead of the 2-degree C upper limit agreed to in the landmark Paris agreement three years ago.
They also clearly acknowledge that not safeguarding the planet and its resources will have dire economic and human consequences. But every small thing we do can make a difference.
Moreover, almost half of Republicans surveyed said that incorporating findings from climate-change scientists into local government planning is a good idea and three-quarters said real estate development should be restricted along flood-prone areas. Otherwise, the world will suffer irreversible damage in the form of rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, and deterioration of both land and marine ecosystems, including the potential extinction of the world's coral reefs. How is America, a country that heavily produces greenhouse gases, supposed to help end this disaster if the leader doesn't even believe in it? Changes of a scale that people would readily accept if they faced an imminent invasion by Nazis or Martians - but that they are less willing to make when their whole environment is at risk.
She also repeated the exhausted refrain of politicians from across the spectrum, that economic considerations are as important as environmental ones - equating the relatively new, human-created, outdated economic system with the timeless natural systems on which our health, well-being and survival depend. We can lead the transition in our industry sector through supporting innovation and strategic investments in these new technologies and practices. This is a critical message in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We also have to worry about our mental health. "We don't know the exact timing or the magnitude of the global warming threat".