"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a behemoth
report on our warming world—something it has done routinely for three decades.
Though the findings have evolved considerably over the years, the news cycle is
always strikingly similar: World leaders offer bombastic soundbites, and
headlines warn of impending doom. In turn, many people will interpret this
report as a stark warning that humans are joy-riding down the highway to hell.
As a climate scientist of two decades, I do not share this view. Certainly,
there is cause for deep concern. Today’s report confirms that humanity is on
track to blow past 1.5°C (2.7°F) of planetary warming by the early 2030s. With
each additional half-degree, the risk of deadly heat waves and flooding will
increase substantially—and the effects are already manifesting on every
continent. This is an existential crisis, and our actions today will dictate
what happens tomorrow.
Even so, the latest assessment—as well as those released last year—did not fill
me with dread. Like many scientists, I was disheartened for decades, but
today’s report makes me feel more inspired than ever. Here are three reasons
Via Future Crunch
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics