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Should we call climate change an emergency?

Introduction


The term Climate Emergency has appeared in public discourse with remarkable speed and is now increasingly the language of not just the climate movement, but also a growing number of cities, states, parliaments and Universities. Yet it is not without its critics who argue the language of emergency may have unintended consequences by providing license for potentially dangerous interventions in the climate system, such as solar geo-engineering. This article briefly reviews where the term came from, its current influence, risks and prospects.


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