Climate change is here. The science shows that man-made climate change is increasing the likelihood and severity of extreme weather events such as heatwaves, flooding, forest fires, and droughts. It’s difficult to link individual weather events to rising temperatures, but the overall pattern is incontrovertible.
Things are going to get worse. Global temperatures are on course to rise by at least 2°C in the coming decades, and could surge to twice that without significant action. The forecasts are grim, and the difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees would be significant, yet it would take much stronger and bolder action from governments, industry, and individuals to limit warming to the lower number.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Vera, who thinks Europe is doing a (relatively) good job when it comes to climate change, but that the world as a whole could be doing much more.
To get a response, we put Vera’s comment to Leena Ylä-Mononen, Director General at Finland’s Ministry of the Environment. What would she say?
For another perspective, we also put the same comment to Mark Fulton, Head of Research Council at the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank that researches the impact of the energy transition on financial markets.
Should climate action be bolder and faster? Is the international community on track to prevent catastrophic climate change? Or should we be doing more? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below!