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There’s a simple answer to climate change. But will capitalism allow it?

In discussions of climate emergency, degrowth has always been the elephant in the room; acknowledged from time to time, but rarely spoken about. But it may be the only solution

By Bill McGuire  

World leaders with Bill Gates at the COP21 climate summit, 2015. Bill Gates is a proponent of geo-engineered solutions. Photo: Photo by Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

The prospect of dodging our temperate world’s journey into a hothouse hell looks increasingly bleak with every passing day. We think that business as usual, with a bit of tinkering around the edges, will make everything fine.

These attitudes suggest that the global economy can continue to grow—and with a bit of luck, we can still stay on this side of the 1.5 degrees Celsius global average temperature rise guardrail, which insulates us from catastrophic, all-pervasive climate change.

This is hogwash.

Forget net zero emissions by 2050: by then the die will be well and truly…

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