The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change – but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world and agriculture, a new analysis has found.
The UK government analysis also assumes that billions of people will remain in dire poverty at mid-century, despite efforts to lift them to greater prosperity, as the population rises to an estimated nine billion people.
Of course this is true. We know damn well it is true. For this is part of the starting assumptions that we use to work out what’s going to happen to the climate. That your conclusion mathes your original assumption is a useful check on your internal logic but it’s hardly startling news.