Climate Protection: How to change our way of life?

The latest IPCC-Special Report (link https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/) like the ones before has shown that governments, companies, and people around the world are not doing enough to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Most people probably think about renewable energy and phasing-out coal when they hear climate protection. But electricity generation is by far not the only source of CO2 and CO2 is not the single greenhouse gas.

All sectors, all producers and all consumers contribute to global emissions. In agriculture, gases like methane and nitrogen oxide are emitted by animal husbandry and farming. In manufacturing, energy and materials are used. We are heating our homes with oil or gas. Fossil fuels move us places via cars, planes and trains.

Solutions to bring emissions down to zero by mid-century are needed everywhere. But why is it so hard? What are the main barriers to reducing emissions? How can policies, governmental and private initiatives change the trajectory? What can be ways to increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and help society to keep global warming below 1.5°C?

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Author of the topic:

Christine Merk