There is no doubt that most of the world has woken up to the fact climate change is a problem and one that’s here to stay unless we act now. So how will the world judge our actions in 200 years? Will we be criticized for knowing everything there was to know about the problem and still doing nothing? Or will we be praised for our fast thinking and action that averted disaster? Here, we take a look at life beyond climate change mitigation, examine where the solutions to our rapidly over-heating planet lie, and reflect on what our world will look like 50 years on, with a population of some 9 billion people.

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Interview - Elise Buckle

Quoi de neuf dans la lutte contre le changement climatique?

Comment le changement climatique affect-il les océans et par conséquent l’être humain?

A quel point le changement climatique affect-il la flore et la faune?

Les impacts du changement climatique sont déjà inquiétant, et pourtant la plupart des gens ne semble pas ébranlé, pourquoi?

Comment pourrions nous contraster les effets du changement climatique entre les pays riche et les pays pauvre?

Interview - Gonzalo Oviedo

How bad are the impacts of climate change today, and what solutions do we have left?

Could bio-fuels be part of the solution to climate change?

What role can women play in combating climate change?

How are marginalized cultures coping with climate change and what might we learn from them?

What kind of world do you want to live in?

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Interview - Neville Ash

How will historians look back on this period 200 years from now?

Is there a consensus about what must be done on climate change?

Isn’t population control part of the solution to the problem of climate change?

How important are targets in getting a handle on climate change?

What role will technology play in countering climate change?

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Neville Ash
Elise Buckle
Gonzalo Oviedo
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“There’s scientific consensus that the impacts of climate change are going to be devastating, even this century, but that’s still not getting through,” says Neville Ash, Programme Manager at IUCN. With the current trend in the price of oil that may soon change. Perhaps the current food and energy crisis is also the first time so much of the world’s population is truly and simultaneously feeling the bite climate change is able to deliver. Humanity is grossly out of balance with the natural world, and though we may often be able to loosen them, we cannot break the bonds that tie us to nature. Soon, they will choke us.

“We are nearing collapse,” says Gonzalo Oviedo bluntly. According to this Senior Social Policy Advisor for the IUCN, it is no longer a question of if, but rather to what extent, we will be able to prevent disaster. “There is consensus as to what must be done about climate change,” says Ash. “We need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions and we need to adapt to the changes already in the system. The World Conservation Congress in Barcelona will bring together all walks of life, from governments and village councils to big philanthropists and private sector magnates, to discuss how to achieve this as quickly and as comprehensively as possible. Time is running out. “This whole ship is sinking,” says Ninni Ikkala, Climate Change Officer at the IUCN. “Must we really wait until we’re treading water until we take action?”.

 
  • Global sea levels are likely to rise by 28-43centimetres by the end of this century.
  • Arctic sea ice is likely to disappear altogether during the summer by the second half of this century.
  • One in six countries in the world face food shortages this year because of severe droughts that could become semi-permanent under climate change.”
  • The overall costs and risks of climate change will be equivalent to losing 5% to 20% of GDP each year, while the costs of action now can be limited to around 1% of global GDP each year
  • One third of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction The main threats to these species are the effects of El Niño and climate change.