Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  1. Toward a More Reflective Planet

    David Keith, ET AL

    Toward a More Reflective Planet

    & 10

    &  advocate for more US-led research into albedo modification as a tool in battling climate change.

    solar panels Bloomberg/Getty Images

    In early May, the US Senate called on the Department of Energy to investigate the potential of albedo modification – a kind of geoengineering focused on cooling the planet by increasing the reflectivity of the earth’s atmosphere – to fight climate change. This is an important step, and it comes not a moment too soon. READ MORE

  2. Nature’s Answer to Climate Risk

    Maria Damanaki

    Nature’s Answer to Climate Risk

    5

     shows how preserving ecosystems can also safeguard lives and livelihoods.

    Newsart for Nature’s Answer to Climate Risk George Rose/Getty Images

    With the human and financial costs of climate change attracting more attention than ever, now is the time to shift resources toward risk mitigation. The key will be to boost investment in the preservation and restoration of ecosystems that capture greenhouse gases and serve as natural defenses for vulnerable areas. READ MORE

  3. Toward a Viable Climate Target

    Oliver Geden

    Toward a Viable Climate Target

    11

     explains why reductions in greenhouse-gas emission make better targets than temperature thresholds.

    Newsart for Toward a Viable Climate Target Chris Conway/Getty Images

    The Paris climate agreement promises to keep global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees Celsius, but without providing viable targets to achieve that. Rather than focusing on global temperatures, the treaty should hold countries accountable for driving emissions down to zero. READ MORE

  4. Why Renewables Are Not Enough

    Ajay Mathur, ET AL

    Why Renewables Are Not Enough

    & 6

    &  explain why national emissions-reduction pledges won't be sufficient to meet agreed climate targets.

    Newsart for Why Renewables Are Not Enough The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

    The reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions that is needed in the coming decades would be hard to achieve in the best of times. But doing so while improving the quality of life of the world's fast-growing population – set to exceed ten billion by the end of this century – will require the commitment of a wide variety of actors. READ MORE

  5. From the Front Lines of Climate Change

    Loren Legarda, ET AL

    From the Front Lines of Climate Change

    &  stress the importance of keeping global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    pollution in China Peter Parks/Getty Images

    The voluntary national pledges that underpin the Paris climate agreement are inadequate to the magnitude of the problem. For the world's most vulnerable countries, limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius is not just an aspirational goal; it is a matter of survival. READ MORE

Support Project Syndicate’s mission

Support

Project Syndicate needs your help to provide readers everywhere equal access to the ideas and debates shaping their lives.

Learn more
53 pages
53 pages

Commentaries available in 12 Languages