Climate Doom or Low Carbon Revolution? You choose…
- Global carbon emissions flat-lining for the last three years;
- The Paris Climate Change Agreement coming into force;
- Investment in and installation of renewable energy continuing to soar while prices tumble;
- China and India turning their backs on coal.
On the other hand, things still look very bleak:
- 2016 breaking the warmest year on record yet again and carbon concentrations in the atmosphere continuing to rise;
- Arctic sea ice taking an extremely worrying direction;
- There are signs we are heading to the first mass extinction since the end of the dinosaurs;
- A climate change denier being elected to the White House (based on expressed views, although these always seem to be subject to change).
Regular readers will know I generally favour the former over the latter, but both can be either constructive or destructive, depending on how we decide to respond:
- Positive news should inspire us to go further faster rather than complacency;
- Negative news should also spur action and not maroon us in despondency.
Whichever, the choice is ours. Choose wisely.