Graduate Digest
Climate Change: What Can We Do?

Time is running out for us to take action on global warming. Find out more on what needs to be done here.

 

In October last year, the United Nations sounded the alarm on the health of our planet, warning that we have just 12 years to limit climate change or face an unprecedented worldwide catastrophe. In its landmark report, it warned that if we fail to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, hundreds of millions of people will be at high risk due to drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty.

 

This planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius since the 19th century, causing more extreme weather, rising sea levels and damages to many land and sea ecosystems. And with a 2-degree increase in global temperatures, tens of millions more people worldwide could be exposed to life-threatening heat waves, water shortages and coastal flooding. Half a degree is a big deal, the report warned, as it could mean the difference between a world with coral reefs and a world completely devoid of them.

 

The ravaging wildfires in California last November are a testament to the deadly outcomes of climate change, scientists say. The report added that things would worsen if temperatures go up by 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 12 years, bringing more extreme levels of devastation, including famine, disease, poverty and refugee crises. Find out more about what we can do to save the environment here.





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