climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. Since the first major warnings about the impact of carbon emissions On global climate in the 1970s, a torrent of disturbing evidence has become a torrent.
This is no longer a crisis waiting, it is manifesting before our very eyes. 2020 is tied with 2016 as the warmest year in the warmest decade since records began. Hellish wildfires spread across the globe, killing or displacing nearly 3 billion animals in Australia, and in California, a new term – gigafire – was needed to describe the unprecedented blaze.
The UK experienced a record decline with severe flooding in Cumbria, Wales and Yorkshire. Intense cyclones left swaths of the Indian subcontinent under water. Meteorologists no longer have the name of an Atlantic hurricane as powerful systems slashed rain in the US and Caribbean and battered coastal areas with ferocious winds, in the most active season on record.
even though, green house gas Overall concentrations continue to increase. Even the dramatic drop in carbon emissions due to the slowdown in industry and transportation due to the pandemic has had little effect.
Dramatic change is needed, and this global change needs to be completed within a few decades.
If the challenges are enormous, so are the opportunities to build a greener, more resilient, more equitable world from COVID. From renewable energy and electric vehicles to insect-based proteins and mock meats, the rapid rise of technology and scientific solutions is expected to accelerate change.
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