Tuesday, April 26, 2022

SciShow summarizes the IPCC roadmap to fix climate change

I wrote about adaptation to climate change in yesterday's CNBC asks 'Which U.S. Cities Are Safest From Climate Change?' Today, I'm sharing SciShow's Our Roadmap to Fix Climate Change as a plan for mitigation.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final part of its sixth assessment report. In it, they steer away from the gloom and doom and remind us of a future that's still remarkably possible.
While it's theoretically possible that we can follow this plan and Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. federal government are at least shooting to be carbon neutral by 2050, I think it's more likely that the world as a whole will follow China's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That involves greenhouse gas emissions peaking by 2030 and net zero by 2060. That won't keep us below 1.5oC above the pre-industrial average, but it might just be enough to keep us below 2oC of warming above that same benchmark. I hope that's good enough. At least it won't be Eocene levels of warming — I hope.

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