In Houston in 2017, Hurricane Harvey shut down gasoline refineries, strained hospitals and spread toxic substances and pathogens as floodwaters swamped the city. "Emissions don't have borders. The planet is burning, so does it really matter if I turn off the light? “And I think it’s a lot harder for people to say that I’m being alarmist now.”.

A Biden presidency, he said, would "put pressure for positive climate change policy on all its allies. Her disapproval of the president’s immigration policies was a bigger factor than energy policy, she said, but she broadly agrees with Mr Biden’s approach to the latter. Pershing added: "Every succeeding election becomes more and more urgent because the time is shorter to manage those really grievous damages.". Will the destruction of recent weeks become a moment of reckoning, or just a blip in the news cycle? He added, “I’m much more concerned for the future of the nonhuman than I am for the future of humans, precisely because we’re just very, very good at adaptation.”. Many countries that have signed up are behind on their climate goals, few have updated their commitments in 2020, and. In a handful of key swing states, the New York Times and Siena College asked voters about their views on climate-related topics: rising sea levels in Florida, extreme heat in Arizona, support for fracking in Pennsylvania and the opening up of public lands for oil and gas development in Alaska.

Things are on track to get “twice as bad” as they are now, he said, “if not worse.”. Margaret Watkins lives in Indiana County, where growth in the natural gas industry has partly offset a decline in coal mining in recent decades. We are all in this together, as we are with Covid. Storm surges in the Philippines have become harder to predict and more intense, the Mekong River in Southeast Asia -- a lifeline for 60 million people -- is at its lowest level in 100 years, and rising sea levels are threatening megacities, such as Dhaka, Shanghai, and Jakarta or entire Pacific Islands. "We can simply not afford to put our heads in the sand about this other lasting global challenge which is a direct threat to our country.". Overall, Mr Biden led Mr Trump 47 per cent to 44 per cent among likely voters in Florida, the poll found. Through their withdrawing from the Paris Agreement in June of 2017 and their continued investment in and support for climate change denial," wrote Nick Ford, 17, and Petra de Beer, 16, in a joint email statement. That means cleaning up every coal plant in China, every steel mill in Europe, every car and truck in the United States. For decades, surveys have consistently shown that a majority of Americans accept the scientific evidence that global warming is real and caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels. But experts also made a point they say is often underappreciated: Even if we start radically slashing emissions today, it could be decades before those changes start to appreciably slow the rate at which Earth is warming. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial. “We’ve just been stuck in an emergency response rather than thinking and looking ahead.”. Britain, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, now goes coal-free for months at a time, having rapidly shifted to cleaner forms of electricity. Climate change “certainly played a role,” Mr Miranda said, adding that he had not paid as much attention to the issue in the previous election.

One concern is that adaptability will not be a collective effort. Climate change is a major issue for voters in the US Presidential Election this year. We all pay a price. Young said the world won't succeed in reducing the necessary emissions, or adapting to the climate onslaught without America.