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27 - The UN Climate Change Report or Don't They Know It's The End of the World

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27 - The UN Climate Change Report or Don't They Know It's The End of the World

Acts of Pod

A weekly podcast where we cover flashpoints in history that help to give context to our current chaotic state of affairs.

Acts of Pod

Have you read the UN report on climate change? Well, you're gonna want to sit down. Or better yet, why don't you just get the news from your buddies at Acts of Pod who are handling the news with grace. Totally unrelated, does anyone have access to a bomb shelter and/or a fresh water source? Hit us up on twitter.

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