5 hopeful takeaways from the latest international climate report

A combination of factors has led to a reduction in expected warming by at least a degree from a very high emissions scenario. There’s a lot more work ahead, but this shows that the future is not set in stone.

The cost of clean energy technologies has fallen drastically.

The cost of clean energy technologies has fallen drastically and unexpectedly quickly over the past decade: 85% for solar power, 55% for wind power, and 85% for batteries.

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There isn’t a single “cliff” after which additional warming doesn’t matter. What happens in the decades ahead is determined by the choices we make and the actions we take now.

Every bit of avoided warming makes a difference.

We must move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

And importantly, fossil fuels should be used less and less for power generation.

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While the upfront cost of helping countries transition away from fossil fuels are high, specifically-designed policies can help address that challenge and provide a huge economic opportunity.

Climate action is good for business – in the long run.


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