Preparing For 2030: Laurence C. Smith On NPR's Talk Of The Nation
While Andelman focused on the political and economic shifts poised to redefine the power players in the global market, Smith discusses the climate projections found in the report. "The climate changes that we have observed are already happening much faster than we thought," he tells NPR. "For example, the disappearance of the arctic sea ice cover has just stunned the scientific community." Smith and his team have witnessed this change first-hand and have done research to understand the rate at which the ice is melting to project the effects it will have on the ecosystem down the road. "As a climate scientist myself," Smith explains, "this is one of the fears that keeps me awake at night." He also briefly mentions the impact that a "graying planet" will have on the climate in the interview.
Smith is one of the world's most respected voices on climate change and has published more than sixty research papers on the subject, as well as advising both the United Nations and Congress. He speaks from experience, drawing from his writing and his research in the field to present a balanced look at what the future has in store—and how we can prepare for it.