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We can’t let Ukraine crisis panic us into an own goal on climate

Dave Robbins


The IPCC report paints a dire picture of the impact of climate change, so the transition from carbon to other energy sources must speed up

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

With missiles falling on Ukraine, Kyiv encircled, and children hunkered in bomb shelters, you could be forgiven for missing the latest climate change report. Yet in the long run, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate adaptation released last Tuesday — coping with the effects of climate change — may turn out to be the more significant event.

The report got little media attention. Understandable, of course, with the dark shadow of war falling across Europe for the first time in decades. And understandable too from the point of view of media research, which shows that news of war and financial crisis crowds out environmental coverage.


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