Worldview 2018 Year in Review: Climate and the Environment

LAKE ERIE ALGAE
In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio. Ohio for the first time is declaring western Lake Erie impaired by the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Thursday, March 22, 2018, comes amid a federal lawsuit over whether part of the shallowest of the Great Lakes should be declared impaired. Paul Sancya / AP Photo
LAKE ERIE ALGAE
In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio. Ohio for the first time is declaring western Lake Erie impaired by the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Thursday, March 22, 2018, comes amid a federal lawsuit over whether part of the shallowest of the Great Lakes should be declared impaired. Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Worldview 2018 Year in Review: Climate and the Environment

Year 2018, provided us with “tipping-point” warnings about the consequences of inaction on Climate Change. As the Trump administration continues to gut environmental protections and regulations, greenhouse emissions reached global highs in 2018. Fueled by an unusually dry winter and the second hottest summer on record, California and parts of Europe saw historic wildfires. Meanwhile, parts of the U.S. East Coast had a record-wet year. Year 2018 will probably be the planet's fourth warmest year on record; all capped-off by an October bombshell report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The study stated, unequivocally, that we only have 12 years left to take “urgent” and “unprecedented” action to reduce carbon emissions, before we face significantly worse drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty, affecting hundreds of millions of people. Joining us for Worldview’s “2018 Year in Review” on climate and the environment is Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Host, Jerome McDonnell, and Howard will discuss environmental policy in the Midwest region with Dan Egan, Great Lakes reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and author of the book, Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Lou Leonard, senior vice president for Climate Change and Energy at the World Wildlife Fund, joins us to discuss global climate policy.