IPCC AR6: 5 questions to understand Chapter 15

Are the climate change policies currently in place playing a part in improving the global predicament of climate change? Here are 5 questions to better understand chapter 15.

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How have climate change mitigation strategies changed in the past few years?

It is evident that the mitigation strategies for climate change have changed over the past few years in correlation with rising concerns regarding global warming. These near measures have often been implemented in order to provide incentive to countries, cities, businesses, or individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and overall negative impact on the environment.

Creating more numerous and stringent climate change policies also allows new stakeholders to have more information before making investments into a company or financial project. Most organizations strive to encourage others to comply with these new climate change mitigation strategies to provoke a smoother transition to net-zero emissions.

However, these new climate change mitigation strategies implemented do not mean that all around the world are adhering to them. In fact, many companies and countries will remain reluctant to establish the climate change policies necessary to reduce the rapidly rising global temperature. 🌡️

Have policies to reduce climate change increased as the globe grows concerned about global warming?

It is clear that there has been a substantial increase in policies, plans and strategies aiming to reduce the effects of global warming. 

But is there enough data to suggest that the increase in policies to mitigate climate change have made a difference on the trajectory of global warming?

Given most of these newer climate change mitigation policies are still in the process of being fully developed and implemented, it’s hard to tell if they’ve really had a measurable, positive impact on the environment or reducing carbon emissions. However, it can be noted that thus far – these new policies have not shown to change emissions. Therefore, even if they are still in progress of being developed, it means that even some of their proposals could be considered ineffectual. 

However, this isn’t to say that these policies can’t still make a difference in global emissions in the future. These policies still hold the potential to provide the encouragement and political change that could influence people around the world to reduce their emissions in the years to come.

It is important to note that some policies have been made to be tailored to specific sectors, and that these climate change mitigation measures have been more commonly used than many of the others still in progress of being implemented across various sectors. While economic theories suggest that more general climate change policies could be deemed more effective than specific climate change policies, it’s generally more difficult to create and establish climate change policies that lack detail – which also makes them harder for those involved to adhere to. 

For instance, creating policies for transportation as an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout all of France could prove difficult, but policies established specifically within the city of Paris could be followed more easily – especially if the policy is created in line with the lifestyle of Parisians, such as taking the metro or creating more bike lanes. 🇫🇷

Are the new climate change policies effective?

It has been shown that these new approaches to climate change are being widely used and have proven to be effective at positively impacting the environment. However, there is controversy over the cost effectiveness in contrast to how much these new policies are actually helping the environmental crisis.

For instance, some approaches to regulate the effects of climate change include increasing the use of energy efficient appliances, such as labeling the appliances that comply with these new climate change mitigation measures. While this is usually effective at convincing consumers to purchase the more environmentally friendly appliance, this can lead to lower energy prices and ultimately – greater energy consumption.

In short, because these appliances use less energy – consumers will often use the machine more than necessary. For example, if a consumer purchases a dryer that uses less energy, the clothing may not get as dry as they are used to it being, and therefore – actually use more energy than a conventional appliance would to get the clothes dry enough to their liking.

What are some examples of the new climate change policies put in place?

Some of the most common new changes to prevent further climate change in fuel taxes and efforts to increase the price of fossil fuels to discourage their use. ‍

Efforts to increase the taxes on fuel is an example of a more specific climate change prevention policy, except these taxes are put in place for the sake of increasing revenue rather than mitigating global warming. ‍

However, in places like Europe where taxes on fuel have skyrocketed, it has proven effective – as most Europeans opt to make use of the public transportation system. In the United States this isn’t as probable, as employers don’t offer the same discounts for public transportation, nor does an efficient system exist in most major cities in the U.S.

On the other hand, decreasing the efforts to subsidize fossil fuels can have a substantial impact on reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions. While this has proven effective in reducing climate change, politics often get in the way of this mitigation strategy being as successful as it could be. It is apparent that there is difficulty in creating a balance between the need for environmental action, politics, and financially lucrative just for various economies. 

It’s not that these strategies aren’t effective, but they need to be recognized as valuable in order for politicians to fully implement them to their utmost potential.

Are more mitigation measures the answer to decrease the negative impacts of climate change?

While it may seem probable to  assume that adding more mitigation strategies could increase the success of preventing further global warming, that isn’t the case. It is ultimately more beneficial to establish a well functioning, tangible environmental plan that has the opportunity to not only help decrease carbon emissions today, but increasingly aid to reduce climate change as we progress towards a globe with rising temperatures.

Think quality, not quantity.

What do you need to remember?

Climate change policies have indeed increased as global warming has grown as a cause of concern, and many have proven to be quite effective. However, given that the trajectory of climate change is still moving in the wrong direction – it is clear that even stronger mitigation policies are needed if we want to avoid the deleterious effects of climate change around the world.

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