Even if efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero happen, there are enough legacy emissions circulating in our atmosphere to alter our climate for decades to come. Climate change will impact our society directly so businesses need to be ready to adapt even when the future is very uncertain. The earth and water sciences are needed to help shape your plans.
We are moving to a low-carbon future. Our energy systems will evolve rapidly and this will directly impact your business as well as ripple through the earth and water systems we live within. Hydrogen, geothermal, wind, and nuclear energy from the earth will need to complement the low-carbon fossil fuels that we will still rely on for decades to come.
Our industrial and technological revolutions have raised the living standards of billions of people and will continue to spread to billions more in this century. This is a good news story, one that brings opportunity for business growth and prosperity provided we manage our economy and society within what our earth and water systems can sustainably and affordably provide.