The Guardian, as always, has excellent climate coverage, so if you are getting your information about climate change from social media, or any Murdoch press, or, to be honest, almost any other mainstream media, you’re missing out.
And here’s an excellent interview facing the challenges with refreshing honesty.
one and a half degrees is unattainable — it’s not possible. The world has warmed by 1.1 degrees already. We know that there’s a permafrost carbon feedback that will add maybe another 0.2 on that. We know that if we do nothing but keep existing levels of greenhouse gases fixed at the present values, we’ve got a 0.6 degree warming. Really, two degrees is unlikely and it’s all hands on deck for three.
COP26 is starting, and it’s incredibly important. Here’s the current situation:
We had in February 2020 for the first time ever Water Alert Level 4 - the highest possible. No usage of water outdoors allowed.
When I moved to NZ, 13 years ago, rain was plenty and the land was green. Over the years (2013 for the first time) it began to be normal to have no rain for 3-4 months and the land is now mostly brown and dead in summer.
Around 2005 someone said to me “the next war will be about water” and I laughed. About 2006 or 2007 there was a request of a small town in Spain to urgently get water - the towns around refused and held on to their water…that’s when I stopped laughing.