With President Biden in the White House, climate change is back on the agenda. Like the pandemic, the climate crisis affects almost everyone. Unlike the coronavirus, we can’t contain it with social distancing or a vaccine. There isn’t one clear path to fixing the problem. But understanding the humanitarian and economic risks we could face in the next 20 years might make us rethink our priorities. Last year the New York Times mapped the biggest climate risks in the United States; this time it is looking at the entire world. We confront these potential perils because the emissions that have accumulated in the atmosphere are causing accelerating risks for the climate and the polar ice sheets. The predictions are unsettling.
By Yaryna Serkez. New York Times. January 28, 2021.