The environmental wins and heartbreaks of 2018

Dec 06, 2018, 7:08 AM EST
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Towards the fag end of 2018, the world looks headed to a dystopian feature, with brutal statistics emerging every other week, warning of the catastrophic impacts of carbon emissions and a looming runway global warming.

The year saw the extensive efforts and campaigns for Initiative 1631, a proposal to levy tax on carbon emissions in Washington state, go down the drain as the voters rejected a practical first step to combat climate change through economic means, reports CNN.

The disquieting report by the United Nations IPCC, giving humanity just another 12 years to mend ways or face devastating consequences of climate change, certainly came as a wake-up call but not as the only one. The victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil was another blow to environmentalists, fighting to protect the Amazon rainforest.

But a few rays of hope punctuate the all-pervading climate darkness as well. Renewables made their presence felt at grand scale in 2018, soaring past coal as a source of electricity generation in the EU; the corporate renewable energy procurements in the U.S. recorded a new high and China too made significant progress, writes Earther.

The ozone hole showed encouraging signs of recovery; Peru and Chile expanded their list of protected areas and Latin American nations signed a historic treaty to safeguard environmental crusaders.