In the 1980s, scientists began to thoroughly understand the potential dangers of climate change. Nathaniel Rich joins us to talk about the many reasons why that understanding wasn’t put into action – and how that delay has only increased the pressure on current scientists and policymakers. His story “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” appears in The New York Times magazine.
The Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica casts a shadow on the ice while traversing the Northwest Passage through the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago Friday, July 21, 2017. For several decades, satellite pictures have shown a dramatic decline in Arctic sea ice that is already affecting the lives of humans and animals in the region. David Goldman/AP Photo