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· Vox provides a list of ten ways we can accelerate progress against climate change and what we need to prioritize right now: emissions at the industrial, corporate level.
· What are some ways we can reduce carbon emissions? How can companies be held accountable for their high emissions and contribution to air pollution?
· Find out how we can overcome the challenges of fighting climate change.
Climate scientists told us late last year in the National Climate Assessment that the United States is already experiencing severe and costly impacts of a changing climate. In a separate United Nations report released in October, scientists reported that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require a gargantuan global effort — and that we have roughly 12 years to do it. But how?
Let’s make something clear: The emissions we need to focus on now are the ones at the industrial, corporate level.
According to the Carbon Majors Database, 71 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced back to just 100 fossil fuel companies. Hitting the 1.5°C or 2°C goals means these corporations, their customers, and other large enterprises must phase out fossil fuels (more aggressively than what Shell laid out in its vision for a zero-carbon world).
Governments will also have to come up with tax schemes to generate new revenue for investment in and incentives for renewable energy, reforestation, and carbon removal technologies. And we need to vote for leaders who will deliver on them.
Read the full article about accelerating progress against climate change by Eliza Barclay and Umair Irfan at Vox.