Cross-posted from UN Women
Parker Liautaud is an Arctic explorer. Photo: Paddy Scott
Parker Liautaud is a polar explorer and climate change campaigner. He has
undertaken three expeditions to the North Pole and one to the South Pole. In
2013, he completed the fastest human-powered trek from the coast of Antarctica
to the South Pole. He studies Geology & Geophysics at Yale University and is a
Fellow at the Yale Climate & Energy Institute.
The National Climate Assessment, the culmination of a four-year effort to catalog the effects of climate change on the United States, is a breath of fresh air in the national discussion of climate change.
Okay, try this with me: Bring up the memory of the hottest day in your life. Picture it: Where were you that day? What were you doing? Who was with you? How did you cope with the heat?
As my husband and I read aloud to each other at dinner last Friday the news that a big symbolic global warming milestone had been passed, his eyes filled with tears and I cried outright. It was 25 years ago that he and I, working together at an environment-energy information office in the Congress, first learned about how we humans — doing such basic things as heating our homes and driving our cars — might change our little planet in ways unknown....more