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Newton – Climate change: is a just transition possible?

Why climate change is not just an environmental issue.

Key points

  • Failure to address climate change will have severe economic and social repercussions.
  • Pressure for a just transition, a systemic and ‘whole of economy’ approach to sustainability, is growing.
  • The human causes of climate change are now firmly established, but the human response, and impacts, are still very much to be determined.

Climate change is a human issue. There is now scientific consensus that the greenhouse-gas emissions causing climate change are predominantly man-made. This means that climate change is unequivocally a human issue – as a society, we can influence the course of that change, by adapting our individual and collective behaviour. There are, of course, many uncertainties about the potential impacts of climate change but the choices that we make also add to this uncertainty.

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