Bad news: We’ve only got 12 years to radically change our energy economy and massively reforest the planet to absorb a huge amount of CO2 from the atmosphere or we’ll face a climate crisis on a scale that is shocking even to climate scientists.
Good news: The revolution is happening right now, and you can be a part of it. Even under the current administration, US emissions have been falling and the renewable energy sector is booming. The fact that an IPCC report is making front page news in The New York Times and The Washington Post and is trending across the Internet is a clear signal that people are waking up to act on climate.
Environmentalists in the Netherlands won a major victory in a landmark case that aims to force the Dutch government to increase its cuts to carbon emissions from 17% to 25% by 2020. This could lead to such measures as shutting down a newly opened coal plant. This sends a message to all governments that it’s time to get on board and fight climate change.
A $23 million reforestation project seeks to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish highlands to its former glory. The project will see conservation efforts across 600km of land.
As if to prove how far the renewable revolution has already come, the World Bank refused this week to invest in a new 500 mW coal plant because it can’t compete with renewable energy on price.
Chernobyl is generating energy once again as a solar power plant. Following a nuclear meltdown 32 years ago, Chernobyl is best known as the quintessential example of the dangers of nuclear power. Now its solar panels will showcase the future that we can build with renewables.