Vox - 9 Oct 2018
The new report from the IPCC on climate is out. Its focus is limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Its prognosis for the planet is grim: to reach this target, we may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change by slashing global emissions by 45%. The overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters: 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming will be much worse than the 1 degree Celsius we’re experiencing now (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018
Project Syndicate - 24 Sep 2018
The growing severity and frequency of extreme-weather events suggests that climate scientists' nightmare scenarios must now be taken seriously. Fortunately, says the former policy-maker, rapid advances are being made in clean-energy technology and carbon-neutral forms of living. Research shows progress in the use of non-fossil-fuel technologies is advancing not just linearly, but exponentially (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 October 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 18 Sep 2018
This article is US-centric, but we get the point! Continuing shifts in climate around the world are driving up current and future costs, putting new strains on short-term emergency response but also on long-term investments and economic growth. These are no longer one-off events but chronic problems, and managing them requires a fundamentally different approach from the way most policymakers currently think about climate change (around 10 min.)
Published in Weekly selection 28 September 2018