Former Vice President Al Gore declared that scientists predicted hurricane “consequences” of climate change and warned “they’re going to get a lot worse still until we stop using the Earth’s atmosphere as an open sewer.”
Gore was reacting to this week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in which 91 authors and editors from 40 countries concluded there’s currently a 12-year window to make “far-reaching and unprecedented changes” to avert dramatic effects of global warming.
Referring to Hurricane Michael, which slammed the Florida coast last week, Gore told PBS in an interview aired over the weekend that “this is really serious stuff. We have a global emergency. And you use a phrase like that, and some people immediately say, OK, calm down, that it can’t be that bad. But it is.”