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Climate scientist who once warned about melting roads says predictions 'were not wrong,' claims that climate activists have averted disaster

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A climate scientist who has been warning about climate change for more than a decade says that more work still must be done to stop the Earth's temperature rise, as "climate change is loading the weather dice" against humanity.

Appearing on "PBS Newshour," a scientist from Texas Tech University, Katharine Hayhoe, discussed climate predictions and praised the work of the Paris climate agreement, alleging that it has slowed an increase in global temperatures by at least one degree.

Hayhoe commented on past false predictions, insisting that they were not actually wrong and would have been true if action had not been taken.

"The previous predictions were not wrong. The uncertainty is us. The predictions were for what will happen depending on the choices we make," Hayhoe remarked.

"Prior to the Paris agreement in 2015, the world was heading towards a future that was between four to five degrees Celsius warmer than today," she added.

"We have already, thanks to the Paris agreement, reduced the amount of change we can expect by policies enacted by at least one degree. But we still need more, because every bit of warming carries a cost with it," the scientist insisted.

Hayhoe has a long history of climate change predictions, stemming all the way back to 2011, when she was set to write a chapter in former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's book, until the chapter was scrapped.

At the time, she said that there is "no debate" about the reality of climate change and "the fact that humans are the primary cause."

In 2015, Hayhoe said that explaining more data points was not the correct approach for climate scientists, claiming that every person intrinsically cares about climate change:

"More facts are not going to fix the problem," she said in a meeting of climate scientists, adding, "Nearly every human on the planet has the values they need to care about climate change. We just need to connect the dots."

In 2018, she warned of increasing temperatures causing droughts and water scarcity.

“You see roads melting, airplanes not being able to take off, there’s not enough water," Hayhoe claimed.

In 2023, the scientist still warns of warming temperatures causing disastrous results in the early 2030s, a claim once echoed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said "the world was going to end" around 2030.

"We‘re already seeing the impacts today in the way climate change is loading the weather dice against us. We know we’ve always had floods and droughts and hurricanes and heat waves, but, in a warming world, they are getting stronger and more dangerous," Hayhoe said.

"Climate change is no longer a future issue. It is right here where we live. It is right now, and the time to fix it is also here and now," the scientist concluded.

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