Even though Covid-19 still dominates global news cycles, we must not neglect other serious risks affecting our world, most notably climate change.

The ongoing consequences of climate change on the planet remain evident: 2019 was the second warmest year on record; and the first half of 2020 was the second warmest to date. Sea levels have risen by some 20cm in the last century. Researchers are closely studying the indelible footprint that climate change is leaving on Earth, and how higher global temperatures translate to a higher rate of water evaporation and result in increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather patterns.

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