"Climate change headlines are rarely positive, but even against that yardstick,
the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) latest global warming predictions
unveiled in mid-May marked a poignant moment for human civilisation.
In the next five years, the WMO warned, the world is likely to see an increase
of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming over
average pre-industrial levels for the first time.
While the weather events forecast by the United Nations’s weather body capture
outlier spikes in temperatures, they serve as ominous portents of just how hard
it will be for the world to achieve its hope of limiting the average
temperature increase to 1.5C by 2100.
Yet, the warning signs have been around for a while and have been mounting.
Barbeques are no longer the only smoky markers of the start of summer.
Devastating wildfires, like the ones that ravaged Canada earlier this month,
signal the onset of rising temperatures with deadly regularity. Meanwhile,
cyclones like Biparjoy, which slammed into western India in mid-June, are
wreaking havoc with increasing frequency.
Eight years after global leaders gathered in a northeastern Paris suburb to
seal the landmark 2015 climate agreement, no country is meeting the emissions
cut goals needed to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C, according to the
independent research platform Climate Action Tracker.
So is it all a lost cause? Or is there still hope? Are there any countries that
are doing better than the rest in trying to mitigate the worst effects of
climate change for future generations? And if so, what are they doing right?"
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics