No Plan B: A Series On The Climate Crisis From 1A

People look at the snow at the old glacier after a monument was unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change in the west of Iceland.

People look at the snow at the old glacier after a monument was unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change in the west of Iceland.

During the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Summit, we will devote an entire week of shows to the climate crisis. We’ll be joined by guests who can help us tackle the issue from all sides.

Our window to combat this threat is closing. The United Nations has said that if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must keep the average global temperature from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep from breaking that limit, scientists said that every country in the world needs to decrease its carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

But activists, scholars, politicians and everyday people are fighting to ensure the planet’s survival. Homeowners are investing in solar panels. Bills that would place a tax on carbon emissions have been introduced in Congress. Researchers are encouraging governments to invest in carbon dioxide removal technology.

These are the top four climate change questions you said you wanted us to look into, here’s how you voted:

What does “putting a price on carbon” mean? How will it work? What bills are in Congress now to do this? (For example HR 763, with bi-partisan support.) How are other countries doing this?

1260 votes

What actions can any one individual take to combat climate change? Solar panels? electric cars? Plant trees? Other? What is most effective on an individual basis?

385 votes

Agriculture and its impact on climate. Within this broad topic, we could analyze land use and population growth, climate refugees (people moving because their land is no longer arable), the power of big ag, switching to plant-based diet…

296 votes

My wife and I are considering not having kids ourselves and only adopting for environmental reasons. Can we hear an honest discussion about the climate impact per child? Be brave and point out the power people have to avoid breeding.

130 votes