Climate Change and the Next U.S. President

September 13, 2016

Climate Change and the Next U.S. President
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The earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, and weather patterns are becoming more extreme. That means rising sea levels, severe storms and floods, droughts and desertification, are becoming increasingly likely.

There is a near-consensus among leading scientists that to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, large cuts must be made in global greenhouse gas emissions.

The next president of the United States will play a critical role in shaping the country’s climate policy, deciding whether and how to reduce emissions, while minimizing any impact on economic growth.

This video is part of a CFR series highlighting the top foreign policy priorities that the next president of the United States will face.

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