Why the delay in responding to climate change?

13 March 2005

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Question

Why has there been such a delay in responding to climate change? It was mentioned in my school days 50 or 60 years ago.

Answer

Like everything else, it's really difficult to convince people that things are really happening. There's also the problem of making the economics of these large issues aware to the public and convincing them that we need to take action. Just as we took action over CFCs and the ozone hole, we now need to address the issues regarding elevated CO2.

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