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Climate change forum in Philadelphia: More impacts to come, but some already ‘in the rear view mirror’

From left, David Roberts covers energy and climate change for Vox; Rafe Pomerance, chairman of Arctic 21, a network of organizations focused on communicating the unraveling of the Arctic as a result of climate change to policy makers and the public; and moderator Mark Hughes, founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the center's event,

Paul Papier / For the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

From left, David Roberts covers energy and climate change for Vox; Rafe Pomerance, chairman of Arctic 21, a network of organizations focused on communicating the unraveling of the Arctic as a result of climate change to policy makers and the public; and moderator Mark Hughes, founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the center's event, "Energy Policy Then and Now," Sept. 12, 2019 in Philadelphia.

In the 1970s, climate change activist Rafe Pomerance said recently, “nobody ever heard of the problem. … Now, there’s total recognition globally. The advance in the recognition recently is huge because … many of the impacts that were forecast in those assessments at that time have come to pass. We’re now see climate change — the forecast, still in the windshield, but we’re seeing impacts in the rear view mirror.”

Pomerance and David Roberts, who covers energy and climate change for Vox, spent about an hour talking about climate change challenges and potential solutions at “Energy Policy Then and Now,” a forum produced by the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Sept. 12 in Philadelphia.

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