These climate stars are among the world’s most ‘influential’ people

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Climate change was sprinkled on Time’s 2021 ‘Most Influential People’ list

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Climate change was a big topic Time magazine 2021 list “Most Influential People” with a handful of climate scientists and environmental advocates making the list, along with celebrities like Dolly Parton and Naomi Osaka.

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2021 Isn’t the First Year Rock Star Environmentalists Have Made Timelist of. Teen activist Greta Thunberg was Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2019. Green New Deal champion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was also one of the “most influential” that year. This year’s honorees may not be widely known, but they have had a huge impact on how the world grapples with an existential crisis.

Tackling climate change is “probably the biggest challenge humanity has faced,” Fatih Birol, one of the people on the list, said in a Statement Today. Birol heads the International Energy Agency, which released a milestone report good This year called for a halt to investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure. This marked a dramatic shift to an institution begun in the 1970s to oversee oil markets.

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People around the world are already grappling with back-to-back disasters caused by climate change: scorching heat, persistent drought, fierce wildfires, and terrible storms, to name a few.

Researchers had already predicted that these kinds of things would get worse, but Friedrich Otto and Geert Jan van Oldenborg set out to find the fingerprints of climate change in each disaster. They joined other scientists around the world to launch the World Weather Attribution Project, which has really changed the game when it comes to our understanding of how climate change supercharges extreme weather. The group found road-buckling heatwaves in the US Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada this summer.almost impossible“Without climate change. Thanks in large part to the group’s work, leading climate scientists can say with certainty that human activity is the main driver behind rapid apocalyptic seasons. Otto and van Oldenborg are on the list.

Time also highlighted some of the leaders working on big solutions. The European Commission’s executive vice president, Frans Timmermann, was on the list because of his work to get Europe on track to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions by more than half this decade. That roadmap includes plans to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

Then there’s attorney Roger Cox, one of the architects behind Big Oil & Gas, saying there are no good, very bad days in May. Cox won a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell for nearly halving its pollution by 2030 in line with global goals set out in the Paris climate agreement.

As the world charts potential solutions to the climate crisis, monitoring will need to be made to ensure that a new energy economy does not repeat the sins of the old – especially when vulnerable communities need to be exposed to toxins and pollution. The matter comes. Phyllis Omido was successfully named as one of Time’s “Most Influential People”. fought She once worked in Mombasa, Kenya, to shut down a lead smelting plant. Such smelters popped up in Kenya to meet demand for lead-acid batteries paired with solar arrays, and poisoned children in the process—including Omido’s son.

Omido, Cox, Birol, Otto, van Oldenbourgh, and Timmermans are just a few of the countless voices around the world holding polluters accountable. So there is a good chance that we will see more of his names next year.

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