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 We can still avert climate catastrophe – but there is barely time

We can still avert climate catastrophe – but there is barely time. The
IPCC’s latest report shows we have the tools to make fast cuts in
emissions – all that’s missing is the political will. The message is
very clear. In three instalments, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) has told us that humans are “unequivocally” to blame for
rising temperatures, we are outstripping our ability to adapt and, on 4
April, that we can fix this crisis. The fix requires us to ensure that
global greenhouse gas emissions peak in three years and are cut by 43 per
cent by 2030. Achieve that, and we have a 50 per cent chance of staying
under 1.5°C of global warming, the threshold for when climate impacts
become far more damaging. Yet, as the IPCC itself points out, without
stronger policies from governments, global emissions are projected to keep
rising beyond 2025. The current trajectory is for a planet that has warmed
by a hellish 3.2°C. So what reasons are there to think the world can land
at 1.5°C instead?

 New Scientist 5th April 2022

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2314966-we-can-still-avert-climate-catastrophe-but-there-is-barely-time/

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April 7, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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