“The world is living in a perfect storm,” said Ben Carson in a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday.
The term “perfect storm” was coined by political scientist Alan Abramowitz in 1992, but it has been used in a broader sense to describe a period of extreme weather events in which a combination of factors, from climate change to natural disasters, contribute to a dramatic change in the weather patterns, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
“We live in a period in which it’s the perfect storm: it’s all in our heads, all connected,” Carson said.
Carson, who was in the audience during the speech, described the world as “living in a moment of chaos.”
“There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for this,” he said.
“There’s not a single, clear-cut, clear cut solution for what the world will look like in five years.”
The U.N. said on Tuesday it expects to see an increase in heat waves in 2020, with a total of about 70 percent more heat-related deaths.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the total number of heat-induced deaths in the world has increased by about 1.2 million since last year, mostly due to heat waves.