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11 years remain to fight climate change – what progress have we made?


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11 years remain to fight climate change – what progress have we made?

No planet B | In 2018, we were told we had 12 years to save the planet. One year on, Graham Lawton finds reasons to be hopeful, despite ever-rising carbon emission Environment | Comment 6 November 2019 By Graham Lawton Getty Images“WE HAVE to do everything, and we have to do it immediately.” That quote,…

11 years remain to fight climate change – what progress have we made?

No planet B | In 2018, we were told we had 12 years to save the planet. One year on, Graham Lawton finds reasons to be hopeful, despite ever-rising carbon emission



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6 November 2019

By Graham Lawton

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“WE HAVE to do everything, and we have to do it immediately.” That quote, from climate scientist Piers Forster at the University of Leeds, UK, has haunted me ever since I wrote it down almost a year ago. I was interviewing Forster for a piece on limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Like many senior scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he remains institutionally optimistic that we can pull off a rescue. But he didn’t mince his words.

That was just after an IPCC report spelled out the scale and speed of the …

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