Heading into the weekend, you may as well relax with climate-positive gin and tonic. Only a thousand bottles of this Scots gin has been shipped so far, but more is on the way. The difference? It’s all in the garden peas.
By Dan Kempner, Managing Editor, R.O.I.
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Dan Kempner is the Managing Editor of Valutus Sustainability R.O.I., our monthly newsletter. He is also an independent business writer and blogger based in Southeast Asia. You can find his Valutus sustainability blog, VBlog, a more personal companion to R.O.I., at this link.
The advent of DNA in forensics gave courts powerful tools for attributing blame or establishing innocence. The same is now true of forensic climate attribution. Experts can sit in courtrooms and say with “increasing statistical certainty,” that X event was increased in likelihood and severity by anthropogenic climate change.
We were warned, by Bill Gates and others, that we were unprepared for the next pandemic. Why did we fail to heed these prophetic warnings? Hubris: in this case, the presumption that humans control nature and not the other way around.
The response to this crisis makes it clear that countries, sufficiently motivated, can unleash the full range of human knowledge and expertise to solve problems. The trick that has eluded us is convincing lawmakers and citizens that the climate emergency rivals that of this pandemic.