Into the fire: The alarming effects of climate change
Delhiwallas may have learnt to live with 43 degree heat, but Europe is wilting in the heat as a record heatwave continues to sweep across the northern hemisphere, causing forest fires, droughts and people to suffocate. Climate change is impacting what farmers can grow and what fishing boats can catch. As the planet gets warmer, some colder, northern regions in the world are benefiting from these changes, but the tropical and equatorial regions will be the worst hit
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Low carbon technologies like solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars may have become cheaper and more efficient, yet enforcing global targets for decarbonisation is proving to be difficult. Energy consumption has risen by 40%, as Asia’s emerging economies forge ahead. The use of coal has grown, and countries like India and China find it hard to wean itself off fossil fuels. Coal generates not only 80% of India’s electricity, but also underpins the economies of some of its poorest states. The urgent need is a balance to clean out CO2 from the atmosphere without sacrificing the growth needed by developing countries to leave poverty behind.