Review: Rewiring attitudes towards risk

Ludivine Rebet on a book that aims to prepare us for the climate crisis

The World Today Published 1 October 2021 3 minute READ

The Fight for Climate After Covid-19,
Alice Hill, Oxford University Press, £18.99

Despite a proliferation of expert warnings, international summits, protests and other exhortations of the climate catastrophe in recent years, efforts to curb global warming are dangerously off track. 

To keep the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement within reach, carbon emissions would need to fall by 45 per cent by 2030 from 2010-levels and reach net-zero before 2050. However, current government commitments via nationally determined contributions put us on track for a 1 per cent reduction within the timeframe required. According to Chatham House’s 2021 Climate Change Risk Assessment, this would probably lead to 2.7C of warming by the end of the century.

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