Organiser's summary (via the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
Seminar at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in connection to EASAC Bureau and Council meetings, with presentations by EASAC’s Programme Directors.
Nearly seven years have passed since the Paris Agreement was signed, but its goals seem increasingly remote. Global warming is getting faster and faster, and the loss of biodiversity and important ecosystems continues on all continents. Emissions from fossil fuels play a crucial role, but extensive impact also comes from a rapidly growing population, deforestation, overconsumption and unsustainable lifestyles. Climate change is already affecting human health, and will become more severe unless urgent action is taken. Although the UN’s climate panel is clear that rapid changes involving large parts of society are required to meet the climate goals, policymakers mainly rely on future, often uncertain, technologies rather than taking immediate action. At the same time individuals need to adapt to more sustainable lifestyles, not least by shifting to more climate-friendly diets – more than a third all man-made greenhouse gas emissions are generated by food systems.
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