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What the World Needs Now by Matthew Ponder

The United States is considered the premier free market of the world. When effective, it will pinpoint and promote the least-inexpensive and short-term options for its citizens. It's the state's responsibility to make the most affordable option for corporations the ideal choice for society through focused policies and taxes. Unfortunately, our elected officials have neglected the issues while we and our posterity have been left to foot the bill.

The ramifications of this blatant dismissal are much more dire than most could have imagined. A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that “Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.”

If not addressed with proper urgency, this increase will prove catastrophic and potentially irreversible. The American government has been dragging its feet on the topic of climate change for decades and to say not enough has been done to combat the threat would be a grave understatement. This news paints a grim forecast yet- hope is not lost. Developed countries like the Netherlands have already begun adopting and enforcing polices to mitigate climate change. The Implementation of the National Climate Adaption Strategy of the Netherlands (NAS) has already set their country in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020. Will we continue to deny or douse the fire before it spreads? Only time will tell…