12 years. That’s the time the world may have left to get climate change under control, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report released earlier this month. The report, which has drawn widespread attention, reveals that limiting global warming to 1.5oC requires rapid and unprecedented action by all countries, including scaling existing technology for clean and efficient cooking.
It’s not just CO2 warming the planet
Reducing CO2 alone is not enough. For the first time, the IPCC has acknowledged the importance of simultaneously reducing short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), including black carbon and methane. “Though CO2 dominates long-term warming, the reduction of warming Short-Lived Climate Forcers…can in the short term contribute significantly to limiting warming to 1.5OC,” the report notes.