The Environmental Arguments for Transitioning to Renewables
Climate change is causing the 6th mass extinction. It is predicted that between 30-70% of species could go extinct in the next 100 years.
More than 500 species face extinction in the next 20 years.
Natural disasters will become much more common. In 2019 over 1000 people died in East Africa due to Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth.
The Australian wildfires of 2019 killed more than 1 billion animals and 28 people. Six years of drought in Central America has put 3.5 million people at risk of starvation.
Rising temperatures mean that 20% of global water aquifers are at risk of drying up.
By 2040 1/4 of the human population will face severe droughts regularly.
In 2018 Cape Town became the first major city to nearly run out of water. A study found that droughts could become 100 more times likely this century.
5 million people die each year due to extreme temperatures.
The 7 hottest years on record are all from 2015 onwards.
This is all happening at only 1C of warming.
The IPCC’s most extreme scenario is that we will see 5C of warming by 2100.
The UN predicts there could be 1 billion climate refugees by 2050.
A study argues 83 million excess deaths could be caused by climate change by 2100.
The evidence of climate change is so widespread that the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that there should be no new investment in fossil fuels.
Even BP plan on reaching net zero emissions by 2050.