[PBS NewsHour]

WATCH: Despite Extreme Weather and Surging Activism, 2019 Saw Political Paralysis on Climate

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By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now.

The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem.

But as Miles O’Brien reports, the call for action was often divorced from political reality.