Home Features Environment Feature 4 December 2018 Seven steps to save the planet: How to take on climate change and win It’s the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced, but we can keep global warming to within the "safe" boundary of 1.5°C. Here’s how we do it Woods Wheatcroft/Aurora Photos By Graham Lawton “We have to do everything, and we have to do it immediately.” As a summary of the challenge facing humanity, those words are about as pithy as it gets. They come from Piers Forster , a professor of climate physics at the University of Leeds, UK, and a lead author on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In case you missed it, it said we’re done for . Almost. To give ourselves a better-than-evens chance of avoiding 1.5°C of global warming – the agreed threshold of irreversible, dangerous and possibly game-over climate change – we must hit peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and then taper them down to net zero by 2050, give or take five years. That’s doable – just. “It is not impossible,” says Heleen de Coninck , another IPCC lead author at Radboud University in […]

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