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UA Professor Diana Liverman testifies on climate crisis before House select committee

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Posted at 12:51 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 15:51:40-04

TUCSON, Ariz. —UA Regent Professor of Geographer, Diana Liverman, testified on dangerous carbon pollution levels before House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for the “Solving the Climate Crisis: Drawing Down Carbon and Building Up the American Economy” hearing.

Liverman says that drastic measures need to be taken now in order to lower our carbon levels from 2 degrees Celsius to 1.5 Celsius, “If we choose to delay the emission reductions, we may lose the chance to stay under 1.5 C, or we will have to make deeper and more expensive cuts in emissions, rely on untested technologies, experience greater losses or adapt to higher temperatures.”

Compared to 1970, Tucson experienced 25 more days above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, says Liverman.

The goal of the hearing is to impement a policy to reduce the amount of carbon pollution to net-zero by 2050.