What's in store for the climate in 2021?

Monday, January 18, 2021

Thoughts from the #WeCompensate office

This year, we either make it or we break it. 

Renewable energy is now the cheapest energy in the world, ever. Studies show that stopping greenhouse gas emissions will break the vicious cycle of warming temperatures, melting ice, wildfires and rising sea levels faster than we’ve expected. The global climate summit in Glasgow – scheduled for later this year – will bring nations together to stay true to their emission targets.

It’s all happening. And that’s good. Because at the same time, the new numbers are in. The hottest seven years in recorded history are 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Below are climate stories we recommend reading right now: They’re blunt and honest, but hopeful too. 

And if building a carbon negative future is on your resolution list this year too, Compensate can help you out there. Let’s talk !

  • The hottest seven years in recorded history are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. And each decade has been warmer than the decade that preceded it for the past four or five decades.

  • Global warming could stop relatively quickly after emissions go to zero.

  • The future of carbon sequestration is already here . There’s a company dyeing textiles with CO2. There’s another turning it into food, and one turning it into diamonds. 

  • While 2020 was the year of climate extremes, here’s what to expect in 2021.

  • These five charts will tell you where we are on climate right now.

  • Whether you like resolutions or not, here’s a good one for all of us: Be a better ancestor.

  • There’s a growing demand for quality in the offsetting world. At Compensate, we say it’s high time! As this article puts it, your low-price credits actually could be putting more carbon into the atmosphere, inadvertently. Our Head of Sustainability Niklas Kaskeala explains why it is so important to look for quality in all offsetting efforts. And if you want to make sure your offsetting has an actual climate impact , Compensate can help you out there too!

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