The scientific feasibility of the 1.5°C target had been earlier questioned by China and India at the August G20 meeting. And according to Britain’s Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization, there is a 48% chance that global average temperatures will be 1.5°C higher than pre-industrial in at least one of the next five years.
Hence, this importance of climate adaptation is becoming clear and was one of the major themes of this year’s conference. Another key topic was the highly controversial “Loss and Damage” (L&D) or direct funds from rich countries to developing ones to help them adapt to climate change, and “Just Transition” which refers to making sure that the social implications of making economies greener are being addressed.
For those who prefer listening to reading, you can find great coverage of COP27 in a four-part Babbage podcast mini-series by the Economist.