November 17, 2021
General News

The climate is warming; leaders have a chance to fix it

This has been a year marked by terrifying news about climate change: extreme weather, massive wildfires, persistent drought in some areas and catastrophic flooding in others.

The sense of impending doom was made official when the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the world is almost certain to blow past the target set by the 2015 Paris Agreement of holding the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the 19th century level.

That was “a code red for humanity,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned. “Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.”

And yet, as improbable as it seems, there are glimmers of hope on the horizon.

Public opinion has moved, partly because more people now have first-hand experience with the effects of climate change. A…

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