By Maureen Kline | Inc. | December 3, 2019
A sobering new climate calculator makes it clear that in order to keep the earth from overheating this century, there aren’t any quick and easy solutions. Instead, humanity will need everything in our toolbox and then some. Scientists have affirmed that the consequences of a global temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over the pre-industrial levels of the late 19th century would be dire, and now it is up to policy makers and industry to come up with solutions.
MIT Sloan, Ventana Systems, and Climate Interactive developed the En-Roads Climate Solutions Simulator, which allows you to input hypothetical policy actions and see their effects. For example, what would happen if governments heavily incentivized electrification of transportation? You can adjust the incentives using a sliding scale, and see what changes in the current global energy mix, how that affects greenhouse gas emissions, and what temperature increase that translates into for the year 2100.