Let's balance out
Ice lost and Overshoot day
27-08-2020 • • di Ludovica Luvi F
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

Since 1994 we have lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice because of global heating. Scientists warn that sea levels could rise up to one metre by the end of the century.

"To put that in context, every centimetre of sea level rise means about a million people will be displaced from their low-lying homelands."
GOOD NEWS

I'm sure everyone heard about us passing the Earth Overshoot Day, roughly a week ago.
The Overshoot day is the day in which we finish Earth's estimated resources for a year, and we finished those for 2020 in mid-August.

It's not a great sign per se, but it's much later than last year. In 2019 we finished our resources in July, while this year we are consuming them a bit slower. This is, again, a result of the lockdown that stopped us for several months, so it's only half a good news.

Illustration by Gabriela