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Hayhoe: Like quitting smoking, never too late to act on climate change

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The United Nations reports the world is on the verge of a global economic disaster as a result of climate change. It's a topic that's garnered much discussion and has caused much discourse.

To help tackle some of the issue surrounding climate change, Texas Tech put together a panel of top minds to discuss what we can do to help avert crisis.

Katharine Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech. She relates the looming disaster to someone who smokes, saying it is never too late to quit and become healthy.

"It's as if we've been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for years, even decades," Hayhoe said. "There is some damage that we can't avoid and much of that is already here today. But long-term, there are a lot more impacts that we can avoid with swift action today."

The panel is part of Texas Tech's Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. This is the first in a series of programs that continue through April.

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