In its latest report, released in April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlined what we need to do if we are to mitigate climate change by 2030. The tone of the report is cautious, although there are also optimistic elements. “We have the potential to mitigate climate change. We are at a crossroads. This is the time for action. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming and secure a liveable future,” explained Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair, at the launch of the report.
Amid the gloom, there is also good news, such as this: Since 2010, the cost of solar, wind, and batteries has dropped by as much as 85 percent, while new policies and laws are improving energy efficiency, reducing deforestation, and accelerating the use of renewable energy. We may be just in time to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.