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Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: October 14
Year of Publication: 2021
Publication City: London, UK
Publisher: The Guardian
Author(s): Oliver Milman, Andrew Witherspoon, Rita Liu, Alvin Chang
Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse?
The enormous, unprecedented pain and turmoil caused by the climate crisis is often discussed alongside what can seem like surprisingly small temperature increases – 1.5C or 2C hotter than it was in the era just before the car replaced the horse and cart.
These temperature thresholds will again be the focus of upcoming UN climate talks at the COP26 summit in Scotland as countries variously dawdle or scramble to avert climate catastrophe. But the single-digit numbers obscure huge ramifications at stake. “We have built a civilization based on a world that doesn’t exist anymore,” as Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, puts it.
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