The world has made genuine progress in slowing climate change in recent years. In much of the world, solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal and gas. Governments and businesses are pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy. Before 2015, the world was expected to warm by about four degrees Celsius by 2100. Today, the world is on track for three degrees Celsius. And if the world’s leaders meet their current commitments, the planet would warm by around two degrees Celsius. The world’s governments and biggest businesses have set goals to reduce greenhouse emissions in the coming decades, but they will need the public’s help and support. The need for a sweeping solution can make the problem feel too big and individuals too small, again feeding into despair.
By German Lopez. New York Times. April 3, 2022.
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