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Introduction:

In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change released the impactful 1.5℃ special report, which was the basis for the youth climate movement seen all across the world. That report plainly stated that global emissions will need to fall by 45% by 2030 to maintain warming at 1.5℃. After 2030, global emissions will have to fall to net zero by 2050 to further give the world a chance in limiting warming at 1.5 degrees. Because of that, the phrase “ten years to save the world” became a hallmark in the climate movement, which demanded more drastic and swift action…


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TalkingEco

A student of Environmental Science who tends to write about the intersection of climate change and storytelling.

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