Declaring that after three decades of studying the climate he\u0026#039;s \u0022never been as worried\u0022 about the future of the planet as he is today, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber—founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany—warned that even as extreme weather wreaks havoc across the globe and experts issue one terrifying prediction after another, political leaders are still refusing to confront the climate crisis with the necessary urgency.\u0022Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet. The risks are compounding all the time. It stands to reason that the sooner we can take action, the quicker we can rein them in.\u0022 —Richard Betts, University of Exeter\u0022I\u0026#039;ve worked on this for 30 years and I\u0026#039;ve never been as worried as I am today,\u0022 Schellnhuber declared during the COP24 climate summit in Poland, arguing that even the language commonly used to describe the changing state of the climate doesn\u0026#039;t sufficiently convey the enormity of the crisis.\u0022Global warming doesn\u0026#039;t capture the scale of destruction. Speaking of hothouse Earth is legitimate,\u0022 added Schellnhuber, who co-authored a \u0022terrifying\u0022 study warning that humanity may be just 1°C away from irreversible planetary catastrophe.Richard Betts, professor of climate impacts at the University of Exeter, agreed with Schellnhuber\u0026#039;s dire assessment, and argued that \u0022global heating\u0022 is more accurate than \u0022global warming\u0022 in describing what continued carbon emissions are doing to the climate.\u0022Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet,\u0022 Betts said. \u0022The risks are compounding all the time. It stands to reason that the sooner we can take action, the quicker we can rein them in.\u0022But Betts went on to express dismay at the suicidally slow pace at which world leaders are working to confront the crisis that—if immediate and bold action is not taken—threatens to render the planet uninhabitable for future generations.\u0022Things are obviously proceeding very slowly,\u0022 Betts said. \u0022As a scientist, it\u0026#039;s frustrating to see we\u0026#039;re still at the point when temperatures are going up and emissions are going up. I\u0026#039;ve been in this for 25 years. I hoped we\u0026#039;d be beyond here by now.\u0022As world leaders refuse to ditch fossil fuels or—in the case of the Trump administration—attempt to increase production, people around the world are mobilizing around ambitious solutions like a Green New Deal, which is rapidly gaining support in the U.S. Congress.As Common Dreams reported, the \u0022Extinction Rebellion\u0022 movement—which is demanding that governments reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025—has spread to 35 countries in just six months.