During Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the President cut planet-heating emissions across much of the U.S. economy, from cars to coal plants.
Our global community continues to set records for the “hottest month” and “hottest year”, urgently calling for us to lower our greenhouse gas emissions. By the end of the century, Illinois, temperatures will rise 7-13 degrees F in winter and 9-18 degrees in summer with a “business as usual” scenario.
With each passing day, the challenge of reining in climate change becomes greater. The Paris Climate Agreement was successful in that nations, for the most part, agreed upon what needs to be done. But the real work required to avoid disaster and the sixth mass extinction lies ahead.