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What our fight against coronavirus is teaching us about climate change [Video]

Apr. 21, 2020

As we wade through the all-consuming mess that is this pandemic, we’re living the reality of what happens when our elected officials fail to heed the warnings of scientists—when we don’t have adequate protocols, response teams or public health infrastructure in place to prepare for the worst.

We didn’t act on the urgency of this pandemic until it was too late. And we’re poised to repeat those very same mistakes when it comes to another crisis in our midst: climate change.

Scientists say that if we halve carbon emissions by the year 2030, we can avoid the most devastating consequences of climate change. But to pull that off, we need structural change on every level of our society, from food production to transportation to housing.

It’s a daunting task, for sure. But before you pass it off as a pipe dream, take a look around.

People can change their lifestyles quickly and drastically—that’s what we’re all doing, by staying at …

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Museum highlights climate change with tilted paintings [Video]

STORY: Activists from the group Last Generation smeared the screen in front of Klimt's "Death and Life" at the Leopold Museum in Vienna and glued one of their hands to it in the November protest calling for an end to drilling for oil."We found this way to be absolutely the wrong one," the museum's artistic director, Hans-Peter Wipplinger, told Reuters on the opening day of its response: a small exhibition with the full title "A Few Degrees More (Will Turn the World into an Uncomfortable Place)".It involves hanging 15 works by artists including Klimt and fellow Austrian great Egon Schiele at an angle, with texts calling attention to the effect that global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels would have on the landscapes depicted in them.According to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), emissions must be halved by the mid-2030s if the world is to have any chance of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - a key target enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement."We wanted to initiate something productive, something communicative. That means conveying a message and not just in spectacular images (such as the protest) but by helping visitors learn about the situation and the various contexts of this global heating," Wipplinger said.The exhibition runs until June 26.