With the global climate now around 1°C degree warmer than pre-industrial times and at the current rate of warming, we will blow through 1.5°C in the 2040s and the 2°C target in the 2060s, give or take.
Dr. Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist at the British Antarctic Survey. She is at the forefront of observing the dramatic and shocking changes in our ice sheets and greenhouse gas levels. Read on for part one of Emily's powerful article, in which she highlights the high environmental and economic risks of continually elevating CO2 levels.
2018 has seen the publication of a flurry of high profile international climate reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations and many others – and David Attenborough’s announcement yesterday that we are in a right pickle and need to sort it out rapido.
Now that we’re seeing a long-overdue heightened awareness of environmental issues, the over-commercial side of Christmas is beginning to go the same way as 200cm skis, one-pieces and T-bar lifts. Help drive the change by encouraging donations to rewilding campaigns in place of gifts, and sourcing your gift purchases more sustainably.
If everyone lived like the average British human, circa 2015, we’d need the equivalent of 2.4 earths to provide all our resources and to assimilate all the atmospheric CO2 we collectively produce. Clearly, we are well past tipping point. It's a good thing that we can enlist the help of an ancient technology to bring about some degree of balance.