Fighting climate change may be cheaper and more beneficial than we think

Emily Chung · CBC News · Posted: Jul 10, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 10 People ride their bicycles in front of wind turbines that generate electricity in Gaomei Wetland in Taichung, Taiwan, in 2009. Switching to green energy can have valuable ‘co-benefits’ that governments may not calculate when making decisions on climate change action. (Nicky Loh/Reuters) This story is part of a CBC News series entitled In Our Backyard , which looks at the effects climate change is having in Canada, from extreme weather events to how it’s reshaping our economy. In a cartoon that went viral before the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, a conference presentation lists some of the side benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from cleaner air to green jobs, as a man in the audience asks: "What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?" Ten years after U.S. cartoonist Joel Pett penned that cartoon, there is stronger scientific consensus than ever that climate change is real, and more and more evidence that fighting climate change has positive side effects or "co-benefits." Environmental researchers and policy advisers now say it’s crucial to take those into […]

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