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Earth 2.0°C: how to make passing the 1.5°C climate change threshold an opportunity

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🗞️ Driving the news: Facing the surpassing of the 1.5°C global temperature increase, there is an opportunity to transform this challenge into a chance for significant environmental and societal improvements

🔭 The context: Despite global efforts, the Earth is on track to exceed the 1.5°C increase by the mid-2030s
This necessitates a strategic shift towards climate-resilient development that not only adapts to climate risks but also explores opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Crossing the 1.5°C threshold calls for an integrated approach to sustainable and equitable solutions in economic and social structures
This includes sustainable urban development and enhancing biodiversity to foster resilient communities amidst climate change

⏭️ What's next: The focus is now on innovative solutions that address both climate adaptation and mitigation
This involves equitable urban planning and nature-based solutions, drawing on historical environmental management successes to navigate the climate crisis

💬 One quote: "The convergence of global climate change, rapid urbanization, and growing demands for economic and social equity create both an immediate imperative for action, and a rare opportunity to transform the present and create a better future" (William Solecki, City University of New York)

📈 One stat: The Earth has already warmed by approximately 1.15°C above 19th-century levels


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