The novel coronavirus first reared its head in December, sped around the world threatening humanity and is causing untold suffering and deaths.

But we are rallying together to protect our loved ones and fellow citizens. Unprecedented global behavior changes are working to reduce the spread and flatten the curve. But the cost of saving lives comes at huge economic costs, which is where the parallels with solving the climate crisis end.

Earth's climate has been radically altered by the exponential rise in carbon emissions. The world must rally together to protect ourselves and our fellow citizens from the impacts of drought, sea level rise, flooding, forest fires and spreading vector borne disease. The climate crisis is threatening all of humanity, a gathering storm bringing suffering and death. But together, with unprecedented transitions to renewable energy, we can bend the curve and reduce carbon emissions to near zero. And in doing so, millions of jobs will be created. Our economy will expand if we pivot to a low-carbon future. We can solve the climate crisis and we will emerge stronger.

(8) comments

benedictus

Hopefully the current mess leads people to listen to scientists.

Reader

Give it a rest. Many people are out of work and are concerned about survival right now. Maybe you can save your rhetoric and hysteria on this subject for another day.

MD1756

And maybe this event will finally make people rethink the way they live and save money for emergencies, but that will probably only happen in my dreams.

threecents

The corona shutdown actually has reduced pollution quite a bit.

D. Hart

The risks of our changing climate is being minimized through corruption and influence. We've been through this before. Think of all the years we were told cigarettes were safe.

DickD

One crisis at a time, Joyce.

ebr1024

Add nuclear to the mix and you'll have more takers... lots of developments growing under the radar there. Renewables advocates sound like science-challenged blowhards when folks ponder more than 5 seconds as to how a renewable energy-based energy economy will power society at night or during lulls in wind production for weeks at a time. (Hint: Nobody seems to put hard numbers behind the "storage" problem, instead folding to the fossil fuel industry as the backup solution)

MD1756

As one example, take a look at what has happened in Australia. See: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-19/sa-big-battery-set-to-get-even-bigger/11716784

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