June 24, 2024

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Some good news regarding the weather

Some good news regarding the weather

Finding a bit of encouraging news about the planet's climate isn't easy.

As of Wednesday, the World Meteorological Organization told us that, according to climate forecast models, the probability is that the globe's average annual temperature will temporarily exceed the threshold of 1.5°C warming in at least one of the next five years. 80%.

For many experts, there is no doubt that we will one day cross this critical threshold for good, beyond which the risk of crossing tipping points increases. But as the authors of a recent IPCC report point out, it's never too late to turn the tide. A rapid reduction in emissions will not eliminate the problem, but will reduce the effects of climate change in the future.

Can we hope for such a turnaround? Thinking like that is forbidden anymore.

For two centuries, except for periods of two world wars, major economic crises or pandemics, GHG emissions have practically stopped rising. But in recent years, the growth rate of these emissions has slowed, and a large number of industrialized countries are reducing or in the process of limiting their emissions.

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