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The UN Climate Report and outlooks for the Midwest

Activists with banner in Dunn Meadow

Local activists at a rally for local climate action. (Autumn Schoolman, WFIU/WTIU News)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.   

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is urging governments to increase efforts to curb carbon emissions.  

The IPCC’s report was bleak: greenhouse gas emissions had increased across all major sectors. The UN Chief said the report was a “litany of broken climate promises.”

The report said that to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, action will need to be taken now– and it will have to be dramatic action seen from every sector. To limit global warming to the level agreed upon in Paris in 2015, carbon dioxide emissions will need to reach zero by the early 2050s.

The report includes numerous scenarios, but the severity of outcomes if action isn’t taken is hard to predict. Probable risks include coastal flooding that will affect major metropolitan areas, drops in food production, extreme heat, and flooding.

We’ll talk with guests about what to make of the most recent report, and what response to expect from climate leaders.

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Note: This week is our second show with in-person guests in two years. We've been recording live over Zoom calls. 


Jessica O’Reilly, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies associate professor

Ben Inskeep,Program Director at CAC, as well as an adjunct instructor at IU teaching Renewable and Nuclear Energy

Makayla Bonney, Sustain IU director

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