Joseph Romm, author of the book “Climate Change: What You Need to Know,” appeared on MSNBC Saturday to discuss weather in America.
According to Romm, the phrases “hottest ever,” “driest ever,” “wettest ever” or “most extreme,” show the effects of climate change, which is “harming humans on every single continent.” He also added that climate change will continue to get “worse and worse.”
“When you hear a phrase like he said, ‘the highest ever,’ you know, ‘off the charts,’ ‘record setting,’ that’s a good sign that on top of a whatever local weather patterns there are or regional like El Nino, global warming, fossil fuel driven climate change is putting its finger on the scale and juicing the atmosphere and causing the even bigger weather event than you would have otherwise seen.”
Romm continued to explain, “The scientific community has been clear for many years, and the reason we had this unprecedented agreement in Paris to deal with climate change is because indeed, climate change, hotter temperatures — so when you hear ‘hottest ever,’ ‘driest ever,’ ‘wettest ever,’ ‘most extreme,’ yes, climate change is harming humans on every single continent and it’s going to get worse and worse, you know, until we, you know, ratchet up our commitment to reduce, you know, the consumption of fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas. That’s what the Paris agreement with was about.”
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