The Future of Climate Change

Till last year, efforts to mitigate the threat of climate change were in full momentum. The landmark climate change agreement concluded by U.S.A and China in September, 2016 was hailed as the major breakthrough. Both the countries joined the Paris Agreement through this pact. However, with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of U.S.A, the future of climate change looks bleak. Irony is that the result of USA presidential elections were just released during the Marrakesh Treaty negotiations.

Rise in right wing populism across the world is also a major threat to climate change. The ideology prefers a Nationalist approach to solve the solutions whereas climate change mitigation requires global mindset. According to NASA, 2016 was the warmest year and the temperatures may surge exponentially in coming years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that future risk involves ocean acidification, significant eco system shifts and species extinction. This will undermine food security and may also provoke global wars.

The tangible solution is to get the world together to implement all the treaties agreed upon and not to sign new agreements. Otherwise, the Paris Agreement, Kyoto Protocol and other significant treaties will remain only on books. Recent strides in technology such as Big Data Analytics has to be leveraged. With increasing global concerns, political consensus is the need of the hour.

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