The prospect of a cold winter with skyrocketing heating bills may weigh far more heavily on most people’s mind than the distant, abstracted calculations that guide climate action.
On Monday, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release part of its latest assessment report, offering the most comprehensive reading yet of the physical science behind climate change.
Scientists believe the extreme weather events of recent years are tied to climate change. But the gap between the visceral reality of a slow-moving planetary disaster and the capacity of governments to take significant climate action is only growing.
Numerous world leaders made new pledges to curb emissions and realign their economies to better tackle climate change. But thorny challenges abound.