There’s Actually Some Good News in That Scary IPCC Report

Looking for a silver lining in the harrowing United Nations climate change report? Here it is: We can determine the impact of climate change by the political, economic, and social choices we make today.


From the author: This piece was inspired by The Hot and Bothered podcast episode “What Climate Doomsdayers Get Wrong,” which gave me a major perspective shift on the IPCC report.

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