On August 9, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its assessment of the state of the climate — the panel’s grimmest yet. The window to stop some of the worst effects of the climate crisis is rapidly closing, the report found, and world leaders must act with urgency to prevent catastrophe.
The report, prepared by more than 200 top scientists around the globe and approved by the 195 UN member states, is the first of three expected this year to inform emission reduction commitments at the 26th annual international summit known as the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) this November in Glasgow, Scotland.
Photo: Sunset over St. Mary Lake at Glacier National Park. The namesake glaciers at this park are rapidly melting as a result of climate change. In 1850, the region had 150 glaciers. There are now just 25 left. Photo © Kan1234/Dreamstime.
Source: Facing the Climate Catastrophe: What We Do Now Matters · National Parks Conservation Association
Do most people worry about climate change? Apparently more people are taking it seriously as shown, in part, by their willingness to switch to products that they think are better for the environment.
In this article, the NPCA suggests four critical areas we can focus on:
- Reducing emissions from cars.
- Retiring power plants to clear skies of haze pollution.
- Reducing methane, one of the most potent climate-warming emissions, from oil and gas development.
- Securing critical climate provisions in the federal budget.
Climate change is such a huge issue, it often seems outside the power of the individual to address. Articles like this one help us narrow down target areas where we can focus our efforts.
2 thoughts on “Facing the Climate Catastrophe”
I have no idea what if anything we humans are contributing to climate catastrophe, but what I do know is that with or without us, climate catastrophes happen. Biblical floods. Ice ages. Dinosaur-worthy warming ages. Primal swamps. Sudden freezes. Sudden thaws. Pole shifts. If any of those catastrophes is in the making, there is nothing we can do but survive as long as we can, just as our predecessors did.
Things were a mess before we got here, that’s for sure. I think we’ve contributed to that mess and will find it hard to undo it.
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