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We’ve missed many chances to curb global warming. This may be our last | New Scientist

We’ve missed many chances to curb global warming. This may be our last | New Scientist
www.newscientist.com/article/mg24031992-900-weve-missed-many-chances-to-curb-global-warming-this-may-be-our-last/
We’ve missed many chances to curb global warming. This may be our last
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IT WAS always likely to come to this. Despite decades of ever-starker warnings, and years of increasingly obvious changes to the climate, we still haven’t done nearly enough. Now, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change <www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/>(IPCC) – the UN’s advisory body on the science of global warming – we are rapidly running out of time. Limiting warming to a manageable (but still dangerous) 1.5°C is possible, strictly speaking, but it would require “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” by 2030 (see “What you need to know about the big UN climate report out this week <www.newscientist.com/article/2181681-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-big-un-climate-report-out-this-week/>”). That would mean starting not some time in the future, but right now.
Will humanity do what’s necessary? For individuals, that means making sacrifices and sticking to them, forever. For politicians, that means an end to the indulgence of the fossil fuel industry; investing in renewable energy, and carbon capture and storage; radically transforming transport; halting deforestation; and dropping the remorseless pursuit of economic growth above everything else.