The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise again in 2017, by up to 2 percent. And more than 15,000 scientists issued a warning that we are heading down an unsustainable path and soon it will be too late. Clearly, we are moving in the wrong direction.

The same day, the British Medical Journal, the Lancet, published a report that climate change significantly imperils public health globally. Climate change is a “threat multiplier,” they write, and its blows hit hardest in the most vulnerable communities, where people are suffering from poverty, water scarcity, inadequate housing or other crises. For a summary, read more here.

So what’s the good news? Here are seven megatrends that could beat global warming.

  1. Methane: getting to the meat
  2. Renewable energy: time to shine
  3. King coal: dead or dying
  4. Electric cars: in the fast lane
  5. Batteries: lots in store
  6. Efficiency: negawatts over megawatts
  7. Forests: seeing the wood

To read more details about each of these seven megatrends, click here. To read more about the next round of international climate negotiations, click here, and for an interesting CBC video, see below.

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