Climate change: 2017’s highlights

Around 190 world leaders attended the world’s first climate change summit in 20 years this weekend, who were looking toward massive cuts in global emissions. In order to make this a reality, it’s necessary…

Climate change: 2017’s highlights

Around 190 world leaders attended the world’s first climate change summit in 20 years this weekend, who were looking toward massive cuts in global emissions. In order to make this a reality, it’s necessary to first reduce pollution from particular sectors in different countries. If 100% of America’s electricity comes from clean energy sources, for example, that would account for an astounding 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To get to the same level of pollution reduction from all of the emissions from a year ago, by contrast, would require a reduction of just 6.5 percent.

With the U.S. abandoning the Paris climate agreement and India and China opposing all other approaches in today’s talks, it seemed unlikely that this climate conference would produce much of a result. The two-week session did, however, make meaningful progress. Business leaders are now giving speeches in the U.S. about the amount of money they spend on green technologies; fossil fuel companies are announcing how much they’ll invest in alternative energy projects; and consumers are being asked to play a part in their own increased reliance on less-polluting sources of energy.

#5: ExxonMobil to create fund of $3B for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. #climatemit #climatematch — Guy Vogel (@guyvogel) October 28, 2017

Also at the summit, the British government announced the creation of an international fund of £400 million ($583 million) for corporate donations toward corporate sustainability goals.

Climate change doesn’t only affect the developed world. It does so on a scale that reaches directly into the lives of millions of people in developing countries around the world. In the last several years, large swathes of Asia, for example, have had to contend with the damaging consequences of typhoons and earthquakes. Without greater investment from the industrialized world, the deaths and displacement many of these nations face can only grow.

Read the full story at i24News.

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