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I encountered this sentence in nature.com

Obama cited a planet in parole among the leading challenges that his presidency is going to face.

What does "planet in parole" mean?


The context:

Adam Rutherford: Okay, so you have mentioned climate change, what are the other big issues for scientists that the democrats will try and push through?

Mark Peplow: Well, energy and environment is a huge issue and you know in his acceptance speech last night, Obama cited a planet in parole among the leading challenges that his presidency is going to face and he did promise a 150 billion dollar push in new energy research and that's something which is obviously going to have a massive impact on science and if that actually goes through as promised.

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The quoted text is likely a wrong transcription of what was said.

More likely, Obama said "planet in peril", which is a very common idiom meaning the planet (Earth) faces danger of some kind.

  • In Obama's first inaugural address, he used the phrase "planet in peril": theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/nov/05/… – Jim Reynolds Jan 2 '16 at 5:48
  • "For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century." – Jim Reynolds Jan 4 '16 at 6:29

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