Fragmented standards, inconsistency in taxonomy and lack of clear direction are barriers to true climate change action

SINGAPORE (Dec 27): It can be said that 2019 has been marked by some of the most urgent and panicked reactions to the climate change crisis in recent memory. From the divisive yet undeniably impactful video of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s tearful admonishment of world leaders, to the large-scale climate change action demonstrations across the world by groups such as the Extinction Rebellion, there is no doubt that sustainability is a topic that can no longer be avoided.

Across the globe, the statistics are downright alarming. According to the United Nations, from 1880 to 2012, the average global temperature rose 0.85°C. Temperatures have been rising more quickly in the past decade than in any other decade in human history, however, with 0.7°C in 2010 to 0.9°C in 2017, according to NASA records.

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