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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report DOES show that there is scope for positive progress

The Nation 2nd Nov 2018 *Climate** Are we doomed? It’s the most common thing people ask me when they learn
that I study climate politics. Fair enough. The science is grim, as the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just reminded us with
a report on how hard it will be to keep average global warming to 1.5
degrees Celsius. But it’s the wrong question.

Yes, the path we’re on is ruinous. It’s just as true that other, plausible pathways are not.

That’s the real, widely ignored, and surprisingly detailed message of the
IPCC report. We’re only doomed if we change nothing. The IPCC report
makes it clear that if we make the political choice of bankrupting the
fossil-fuel industry and sharing the burden of transition fairly, most
humans can live in a world better than the one we have now.

And yet doom is what’s being amplified by seemingly every major newspaper and magazine,
and the mainstream media more broadly. A standout example was David
Wallace-Wells’s hot take on the IPCC report for New York magazine,
charmingly titled, “UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually
Worse Than That.” There’s a lot to say about the emotional texture of
this kind of reporting. But the deeper problem is how this coverage fails
to capture climate breakdown’s core cause-and-effect dynamic, thus
missing how much scope for action there still is.


November 5, 2018 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change

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