Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Linking extreme weather and a warming world (interview)

December 15, 2021

TRT World Now– IGSD President Durwood Zaelke comments on climate attribution science and the cost of extreme weather events. He answers the question, “do you believe the US has the President that it needs to fight and take the actions necessary to mitigate the very worst effects of the climate crisis?

“President Biden and John Kerry have done a very good job. They have helped to redefine climate architecture in the United States and globally by doing the following:

First, they’ve said we have to limit warming by no more than 1.5°C…

Second, they’ve said we need to make this the decade of action to 2030. It’s not enough to say we’ll be climate neutral by 2050. This is the moment for action…

Then they’ve also said we have to [mitigate] not only carbon dioxide but also the non-carbon dioxide pollutants, that includes, primarily right now, methane. Cutting methane is the single biggest and fastest way to slow these future disasters.”

– Durwood Zaelke, IGSD President