During his appearance on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on Sunday (May 12), Nye used frank language to talk to millennials about the impacts of global warming on Earth. (Nye’s comments are heavily edited here for language; viewer discretion is advised if you watch the video.)
“By the end of this century, if temperatures keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another 4 to 8 degrees,” Nye said to Oliver. (Nye was referring to degrees Celsius; the equivalent change in Fahrenheit is roughly 7 to 14 degrees). “What I’m saying is, the planet’s on [expletive] fire.”
He explained that addressing climate change means making tough choices in our daily lives to reduce carbon emissions, which are caused by activities such as driving vehicles or burning coal. These emissions produce greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere — warming the planet up, causing ocean levels to rise as glaciers melt, and increasing the severity of hurricanes and storms.
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