New report warns of rapidly increasing carbon emission levels

BY Hari Sreenivasan  April 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM EDT

A new U.N. report on climate change released Sunday warns that humans have made little progress on environmental issues in recent years.

Despite efforts by some countries to decrease carbon emission levels, “massive new policy changes are going to be needed,” said Dr. David Victor, who co-wrote the third installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report.

In the last decade emissions have grown more rapidly than in any decade since 1970, he said.

I spoke with Dr. Victor via Google+ Hangout about the concerns raised in the report and what governments need to do to address the effects of climate change.

In a Google+ Hangout, Dr. Victor said he was “pretty impressed with the United States” in coming up with solutions to climate change, and added the U.S. has been part of the efforts to refocus the discussion so that both industrialized and developing countries are dealing with the problems associated with it.

Note: Pardon my distraction during the first question in the above video — We’re on a street side at the studio, and several folks began pounding on the glass in front of me to get my attention (which they did). My initial summary of the first IPCC report should say that scientists found with 95 percent certainty that humans are responsible for these changes to our climate.