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The good and the bad in the latest climate report

A snapshot of the good and bad news in the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

March 21, 2023
By Tracey Ferrier
21 March 2023


* The world has already warmed by 1.1C and warming is likely to exceed 1.5C this century under existing pledges

* Fossil fuel use is the overwhelming driver of warming and emissions are still rising, albeit at a slower pace

* Public and private cash for fossil fuels is still greater than for climate adaptation and mitigation

* Climate adaptation efforts are poorly funded and well short of what’s needed

* Some frontline communities and ecosystems are already reaching the limits of adaptation


* Renewable power sources are increasingly cost effective and enjoy broad public support

* Some impacts are now locked in but others can be limited by deep, rapid and sustained emissions cuts

* The sooner emissions are reduced this decade, the greater the world’s chance of limiting warming to 1.5C, or 2C

* Action is vital and urgent, but possible

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