Bill McKibben Tells Bill Maher: We Broke The Arctic

Posted by Robyn, November 30, 2012

Appearing on the October 5 episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” author and environmentalist Bill McKibben cautioned Maher’s panel on the effects of climate change on Earth’s polar regions: “We broke the Arctic.”

McKibben cites 2012’s record temperatures and severe drought as confirmation of what NASA climate scientist James Hansen has called a “planetary emergency.”

Indeed, Hansen and his colleagues released a statistical analysis this summer suggesting that the odds are too great for many of the past decade’s most extreme weather events to have happened by chance. He wrote in the Washington Post, “our analysis shows that, for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”

via Bill McKibben Tells Bill Maher: We Broke The Arctic.