Billing it as the “The Sunniest Climate-Change Story You’ve Ever Read,” New York Magazine‘s Jacob Chait says that “this is the year humans finally got serious about saving themselves from themselves.” He starts by laying out all the usual doomsday scenarios, and then comes the sunny side:
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The energy revolution in China has laid the groundwork for a future scarcely anybody could have imagined just a few years ago. For most of the 1.3 billion people globally without access to electricity, building new solar power is already cheaper than fossil-fuel generation. And so, the possibility has come into view that, just as the developing world is skipping landlines and moving straight into cellular communication, it will forgo the dirty-energy path and follow a clean one. The global poor can create a future of economic growth for themselves without burning the world.