Discussing #COP21 climate talks, including Republican obstruction, on Aljazeera: https://mediaspace.pace.edu/media/Senior+Fellow+Andrew+Revkin+on+Al+Jazeera+America/1_k86cu9d4 Flash transcript: have many more days like this or perhaps even worse. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >>> andrew is the founder and writer of the "new york times" dot earth and senior fellow at pace university and thanks for being with us. >> pleasure being here. >> fascinated in reading your column you believe things this time willeeomewhat different, why? >> different but doesn't mean they will quickly solve a problem, they are different in the way they recognize the scope of the problem. moving a world that is mainly fueled on fossil fuels 80% or so to 0 is not the task of one president, one treaty meeting, it's a process, it's a journey. there was a false expectation i think really from the late 20th century right until copenhagen in 2009 the last round of the talks this would be solved by some magical big deal. >> in fact, you have been covering climate change for 30 years and i think the question people are asking is where do we stand today and how real is this threat we have now reached the point of no return? >> the point of no return has been there a long time because greenhouse gasses are cumulative and kind of like not paying your credit card debt and spending less doesn't make your debt go away and c 02 gets in the atmosphere and the forcing on the atmosphere has been building for 30 years as the world has gotten industrialized and have a multi, thousand year impact and we don't know how warm it's going to get still and science is uncertain on extent of warming and one of the reasons it becomes a value judgment, how much do you value the future. >> in layman's terms what is going to happen to the planet if we ignore the warning of two degrees celsius? >> this two degrees threshold is sort of a political threshold and masquerading like this but the big science body that has been in existence since the 80s has never really said there is a line in the sand, once you pass it and things go awry in a bigger way and it's a rising risk, rising emission risk with temperatures and president obama science advisor says essentially you get several options and can mitigate the gasses and cut emissions and adapt to impacts and you can suffer. >>
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace and New York Times Dot Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin was interviewed on Al Jazeera America as world leaders and environmentalists gear up for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (a k a COP21).
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