25. Most Prestigious Worldwide Science Organization and NBC Sound Alarm on Global Warming
NBC Nightly News | August 20, 2013
NBC ‘s Lester Holt is anchoring NBC’s “Nightly News” program this week while regular news anchor Brian William is having reconstructive knee surgery. He reports on a recent draft of the United Nation’s upcoming climate report, which states what scientists have been warning about for several years – that the main cause of long-term global warming is carbon dioxide emissions.
“Tonight a leaked report from one of the world’s most prestigious group of scientists, winners of the Nobel prize , has a lot of people taking notice because of the alarming conclusions about climate change . NBC’s Ann Curry recently traveled to one of the most breathtaking places on earth where folks are seeing their way of life disappear before their eyes. She joins us now in the studio. Ann, nice to see you.”
For several years Greenland’s native Inuits have witnessed the effects of climate change near the North Pole. The key finding in this leaked draft report is that it’s extremely likely, as in greater than 95%, that human activity is the main cause of the planet’s temperature rise in the last 60 years. Well, recently our news team went looking for answers in a place where the ice melt is unprecedented. Reporting from the top of the world in arctic, Greenland, scientists like Dr. Jason Box study the icy landscape. He says all this might be lost to climate change: “There’s no debate, it’s really quite simple. we’ve overloaded the atmosphere with trapping gas, and the rest are just details”, Box said.
NBC : The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change seems to confirm what Box and other scientists have been warning long before the draft was leaked. Among the findings: “that the main cause of long-term warming is carbon dioxide emissions , that sea levels could rise about three feet by the end of the century , and that even if we stop producing carbon emissions now, climate change will persist for hundreds of years.”
Here in what’s known as Iceberg Alley, Box, who’s been studying the arctic for 20 years, says “the ice is now melting at a pace never seen before, affecting weather systems” . Reporter: “So in ways that people don’t fully yet realize,climate change is affected us in America and across the world?”
Dr. Box: “Yeah. there are manifold that climate change is having impact. The arctic is a very useful bellwether of change. And it’s ringing.”
Reporter: But in Greenland, once called Eskimo (now called Inuits), they don’t need a scientist to tell them about climate: “the sea ice are disappearing”. The Inuit leader says melting ice means his people struggle to reach their traditional hunting grounds. Some have even fallen through the thinning ice and died. You’re saying that a way of life is so threatened, it could die? It could be lost forever?
Inuit leader: “The only humans around the North Pole in the Arctic are us. We have been here for thousands of years. and we tell you, things are changing. and you will feel it, maybe tomorrow.”
Ann Courry: “His message essentially is that we in the industrialized world are using more than our fair share and that our children and our grandchildren will pay the price, Lester”.
Lester Holt: “Very Sobering, Ann, thank you”.