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San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A ‘Climate Emergency’

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More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week calling climate change an "emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

Aired: November 7, 2019 | Transcript

Scientists are sounding the alarm on climate change.

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency."

Several San Diego scientists signed onto the paper, which also calls for an urgent need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet. The paper says climate scientists and world leaders need to talk about climate change through multiple metrics, not just the higher temperatures at the Earth's surface.

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David Victor is a contributing reviewer on the paper and a professor of international relations at UC San Diego. He joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss his findings.

In a previous version of this story, David Victor was misidentified as a Scripps researcher. KPBS regrets the error.

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