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The green energy surge still isn’t enough for 1.5 degrees. We’ll have to overshoot, adapt and soak up carbon dioxide

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🗞️ Driving the news: The International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed its latest net zero roadmap, underscoring that curbing global heating to 1.5℃ remains achievable
• The announcement follows significant global investments in clean energy, influenced by energy independence concerns from the Ukraine conflict and heightened extreme weather incidents

🔭 The context: Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1990 assessment, the world has emitted two-thirds of the carbon budget, pushing the permissible emissions limit
• With global emissions rising around 40 billion tonnes annually, the 1.5℃ target could be breached in approximately nine years

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The persistent rise in emissions, despite advancements in renewables and electric vehicle usage, exemplifies the ongoing global dependency on fossil fuels
• Achieving the 1.5℃ target necessitates transformational changes and the broad implementation of sustainable practices to combat escalating climate challenges effectively

⏭️ What’s next: Nations are progressively adopting rigorous climate action measures and focusing on renewable energy solutions, showcasing a global shift towards sustainability
• The efficacy and accelerated adoption of renewable technologies are crucial to address the imminent climate crisis and adapt to the evolving climatic conditions

📈 One stat: At the prevalent emission rate, the world is estimated to exhaust the remaining 380 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in the carbon budget in less than a decade

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