As world leaders gather to assess the planet’s health, most reports are gloomy, save for a couple bits of good news.
The world’s political and environmental leaders gather in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow to assess the state of the planet’s health 20 years after the first such gathering in 1992. But if science is any guide, Earth still needs some help.
Several new climate studies reveal various aspects of the same foreboding problem: the atmosphere continues to warm, glaciers continue melting and seas keep rising.
But there is a tiny bit of good news — the United States and Europe have been able to cut their heat-trapping industrial emissions by switching to less-polluting natural gas, driving fewer miles and of course, sinking into an economic recession where fewer factories are working across much of the globe.