According to the report, the global population would need to take dramatic action in terms of how it generates energy, and grows food, among other changes, if it wants to effectively limit the extreme rise in global temperatures. But one author of the report, Drew Shindell, a Duke University climate scientist, also says “we are nowhere near on track to doing that.”
Shindell told the Guardian that reaching the 1.5C target would require a sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions; and for emissions from cars, trucks, and planes to be eradicated.
Even just considering the monetary cost of climate change, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate says that becoming more sustainable on a global scale would save $26 trillion by 2030, Vox reported earlier this month.
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