This is the increasingly volatile world in which we live. More and more people are starting to understand that climate impacts are here and are already affecting our daily lives.
And yet world leaders are largely still lacking the political will to shift direction. For instance, global dependence on fossil fuels remains largely unchecked. A recent WRI report shows that there are nearly 1,200 coal plants with 1400 gigawatts of total capacity proposed for development across the globe. Meanwhile, government subsidies for fossil fuels are six-fold those for renewable energy. And the location of the COP 18 conference—in one of the quintessential oil nations—is hard to ignore.