As NPR reports, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its latest report on climate change, one that aims to provide politicians with guidelines before negotiations. While the situation it describes is dire, both the report and scientific consensus leave room for solutions.
“When we talk about climate change, it’s often really easy to focus on the bad outcomes,” said CITRIS researcher, UC Berkeley professor and climate scientist Solomon Hsiang, who has worked with the IPCC. “Investments in reducing emissions are investments in improving people’s health and education and economic opportunities, and protecting the people we care about.”
Hsiang emphasized the need for both policymakers and the public to maintain hope amid global climate change. He added that reducing global reliance on fossil fuels can reduce costs and save lives.