Planet Under Siege

Join Dr. Peter Carter, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez as they dive into the alarming paper authored by William Ripple and other scientists, titled “The 2023 State of the Climate Report: Entering Uncharted Territory.”

This video was recorded on October 31st, 2023, and published on November 12th, 2023.

Regina emphasizes the critical state of the climate and highlights the rapid changes since 1991, including the decline of Antarctic sea ice, rising ocean temperatures, and the alarming impact on marine life. The discussion expands to the escalating global surface temperatures, forest fires, and the environmental consequences of food choices, particularly the deforestation caused by the beef industry.

Peter delves into the history of the paper, acknowledging the recent passing of climate scientist Saleemul Huq. He traces the lineage of scientific warnings, from the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity to the 2023 report. Peter emphasizes the moral duty of scientists and institutions to alert humanity to existential threats, calling for a united stand against climate change. The forum stresses the urgency for organizations like the National Academies and Royal Societies of Science to provide strong guidance to governments.

Paul underscores the exponential growth in climate indicators, portraying a bleak future if current trends persist. He cites recent papers, including Stefan Rahmstorf’s exploration of thermodynamic and dynamic effects on extreme weather. Paul emphasizes the need for scientists to break free from traditional reticence and actively communicate the dire situation. The forum concludes by urging scientists to step forward, speak out, and demand the necessary actions for global survival.

In summary, the dialogue stresses the unprecedented and urgent nature of the climate crisis, the historical context of scientific warnings, and the critical role scientists must play in influencing policy and public awareness.


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