Despite the efforts of many in power recently, longer-term positive trends have continued.
2018 is almost officially over, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s one for the history books. For too many, things went horribly wrong. Or so the general consensus seems to be.
And yet, there are plenty of silver linings as well. All you need to do is shift your focus and things suddenly become much brighter.
So, with let’s have a look at everything that went right for a change, courtesy of Quartz.
1. The share of global energy reached new records
Yes, carbon emissions are set to rise this year over last. We need a steep decline in greenhouse-gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, so the fact that we’ve yet to even flatline is more than troubling. On the other hand, there has been some good news. According to the International Energy Agency, the world got nearly 25% of its electricity from renewables in 2017…
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I don’t have very much to add, except that part of the problem is this:
And it’s not even close to the only reason so many people feel like this:
The science on global warming/climate change is a lot more certain than some people seem to think it is. 97% of climate scientists agree, and only around half of Americans do and a good portion of those don’t realize just how sure the science is.
That’s the reason for 97 hours of consensus; to make people aware of the scientific consensus on the subject, which is a good cause even if the mere fact of consensus isn’t the best argument in their favor.
Global warming has just reached a new stage of “making itself worse”; it’s causing trapped methane to be released in the Arctic.