Our planet is heating up, and humans are the cause: 97% of climate research conducted over the past 20 years concurs. So anthropogenic global warming is real. But it’s one of those problems that feels so big that it can paralyze.
After all, the potential effects are biblical in their scale. And the conventional wisdom is that it’s a really hard problem to address, with lots of cultural, political and economic reasons for inaction. But amidst the hand-wringing and hemming-and-hawing a new possibility is beginning to emerge. It may be less painful to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than we thought.