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Kerry: Time running out on climate change fix

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry warned world leaders that the world is now in "the decisive decade" to limit the effects of climate change, and must "raise ambitions" to meet the challenge. (Feb 19)

Video Transcript

JOHN KERRY: Climate change, as we just heard from Jan Stoltenberg, is a security issue. And the fact is, it's among the most complex security issues we've ever faced. What we do or don't do in the coming months and years will make all the difference.

But for millions of people, Wolfgang, they don't have to look into a distant future to see the impacts of climate change now. They just have to look out the window. This week in the state of Texas, we've seen unprecedented extreme cold related to climate because the polar vortex penetrates further south because of the weakening of the jet stream related to warming.

Three years ago, scientists warned that if we want to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis, we have to limit the planet's warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That's the magic number by consensus among most scientists. The same group of scientists told us that we had, three years ago, about 12 years. So now, three years later-- three years wasted, sadly, largely because of our president in the United States-- around 2030 is the date in which we have to get the world now on the right path in order to cap the warming at that level of 1.5. So we are absolutely, clearly, without question now inside the decisive decade.