For the first time since 1984, presidential candidates did not mention the issue of climate change during debates. Even as the world has seen 331 consecutive months with global temperatures over the 20th century average, even as extreme weather gets more intense and expensive, even as the Arctic sees unprecedented melt of sea ice, and even as scientists issue dire warnings about an approaching climate “tipping point,” the issue got no mention at all with three debates.
At the end of tonight’s foreign policy debate, CBS’ Bob Scheiffer got the closest of anyone to the issue: “What do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country?” he asked.
Alas, nothing on climate — an issue that experts say will be a central driver of foreign policy over the coming decade.
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