It is ‘code red for humanity’ declared UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The world, he exclaimed, is rapidly running out of time. The language on climate change is becoming ever more imperative as successive reports set out the consequences if emissions are not cut significantly – and urgently.
As Chatham House’s recent annual climate risk report points out, the current crop of national commitments is leading the world to heat up by close to three degrees. Temperatures such as those would trigger what scientists call a ‘cascade’ in which one disaster provokes another with ever wider economic, social, and geopolitical consequences.