Can climate change be stopped?

The good news is that climate change can be stopped. We need to act fast. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned this year that we have seven years left to reduce CO2 emissions and limit global warming. But it added that we have options in all sectors – including energy, industry, transport and agriculture – to at least halve emissions by 2030.

The IPCC said: ’We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a liveable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming. I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries. There are policies, regulations and market instruments that are proving effective. If these are scaled up and applied more widely and equitably, they can support deep emissions reductions and stimulate innovation’.