In a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Vice President Al Gore warned of the potential emergence of a billion climate refugees unless significant actions are taken to address climate change. Emphasizing the urgency of the situation, Gore called for immediate and sustained efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avert further global warming.
Gore, a long-time advocate for environmental issues, stressed that the world still has the opportunity to change its course by achieving true net zero emissions. He explained that halting the addition of greenhouse gases would lead to a stabilization of global temperatures. Moreover, he mentioned that if maintained, this could result in half of the human-caused greenhouse pollution being removed from the atmosphere within 25 to 30 years.
During the interview with Jake Tapper, Gore highlighted renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power as key solutions to the climate crisis. However, he did not discuss the role of nuclear energy in this context. He criticized the influence of the fossil fuel industry, advocating for a decisive shift towards renewable energy and improved efficiency to counteract their impact.
Gore reiterated the accuracy of scientific predictions regarding the increasing severity of climate-related disasters, including mega storms, floods, mudslides, droughts, ice melting, sea level rise, intensified storms, and the spread of tropical diseases. He also pointed to the growing phenomenon of climate migrants, who are forced to cross international borders due to environmental changes.
The former Vice President warned that, according to scientific forecasts, failure to address climate change could result in up to one billion people becoming climate refugees in the coming decades. Gore’s comments underscore the critical importance of global action to mitigate the effects of climate change and prevent a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale.