Global warming of 1.5°C does not annihilate the impacts of climate change; instead, it lets us buy some more time to prepare and mitigate the growth direction coming next century. The short-term actions of our nations may prove to be horrific than grasped at the moment. The current policies are on a trajectory of 0.8°C higher than the net-zero target assessment, and the current temperature increase rate suggests global warming to reach 1.5°C before 2052, contrasting to the valiant plan of action of keeping it below 1.5°C by the century end. More recently, researchers have come to accept the phrase ‘likely below’ with the 2°C goal, with the probability being closer to 66%. Leaders are losing sight of the long-term commitments, necessary participation, and accountability to the dangers of climate change. As countries prepare to build back better in the post-COVID world, it is an excellent time to take a pause and re-align our priorities and principles.
Sinking Cities are a global phenomenon with varying reasons. While some cities have accepted their fate and decided to move the citizens to better lands; other cities took matters in hand and showed innovative approaches to prevent the cities from going underwater.
The European Green deal is one such ambitious plan where the intentions are thoughtful and just; the actions required and the path ahead, however, are blurry and questionable. Europe aims to be climate neutral by 2050, which requires tenfold efforts than the 2030 targets. Member states must align the pre-existing policies as per the changing norms and work through several technicalities before acting on the Green Deal actions plan.