Into the unknown
New research published in Nature Climate Change shows how reducing carbon emissions can prevent billions of people from being exposed to unheard of changes in climate in the coming decades.
University of Wellington in New Zealand found that new climates are emerging faster in inhabited areas, especially in the tropics, than in the world as a whole.
‘People living in tropical regions, such as the South East Asian nations and the Pacific Islands, are almost certain to experience “unfamiliar” or even “unknown” climates by the end of this century if climate change is not slowed down,’ said lead author Professor Dave Frame from Victoria University of Wellington.
The researchers said avoiding the emergence of unfamiliar or unknown climates helps societies to better adapt to climate change. Co-author Dr Manoj Joshi of the University of East Anglia said the emerging effects of climate change in the coming decades could be dramatically reduced through mitigation.
Seven of the UK's 17 key industry sectors are still increasing their emissions year-on-year, and most will miss their 2050 net-zero targets without significant government action, new research suggests.
The UK’s transition to net-zero emissions will only succeed if the government does more to involve the public in designing climate-related policies, the Institute for Government has warned.
In a joint editorial, more than 200 health journals have called on governments to take emergency action to tackle the “catastrophic harm to health” caused by climate change.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.