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Reasons for (cautious) optimism: the good news on the climate crisis

By Adam Morton

11 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Sometimes it is important to know that it is not total devastation where our planet is concerned. Room for optimism allows us to remain motivated in the battle against climate change.

There is no shortage of things to say about what’s going wrong. The extent of damage caused at 1.2C of global heating since pre-industrial levels is proving greater than was forecast by climate scientists not that long ago.

As discussed last week, the disastrous toll of the historic flooding in Pakistan and heatwaves and droughts across the northern hemisphere summer appear signs of escalation. A peer-reviewed study found several disastrous climate tipping points, including the collapse of Greenland’s ice cap and Gulf Stream currents in the Atlantic Ocean, may now be unavoidable.

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