No planet B | In 2018, we have been instructed we had 12 years to save the planet. One 12 months on, Graham Lawton finds causes to be hopeful, regardless of ever-rising carbon emission



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6 November 2019

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“WE HAVE to do everything, and we have to do it immediately.” That quote, from climate scientist Piers Forster on the College of Leeds, UK, has haunted me ever since I wrote it down virtually a 12 months in the past. I used to be interviewing Forster for a chunk on limiting international warming to 1.5C. Like many senior scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he stays institutionally optimistic that we can pull off a rescue. However he didn’t mince his phrases.

That was simply after an IPCC report spelled out the size and velocity of the …

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