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The UN's climate panel (IPCC) has elected a new chairman, Jim Skea. He is a professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College in London and has been active in the IPCC since the 1990s.
In a couple of interviews after the election as chairman, he says that panic and talk of doomsday don't help in the climate efforts.
"If you constantly communicate the message that we are all doomed to extinction, then that paralyzes people and prevents them from taking the necessary steps to get a grip on climate change," he says.
The world will be more dangerous, but won't come to an end if we reach a warming of more than 1.5 degrees, he believes.
"We should not despair and fall into a state of shock" if global temperatures increase that much.
Instead, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in the fight against climate change, according to Jim Skea.
"Every action we take to mitigate climate change helps," he said, adding that the measures are becoming "increasingly cost-effective."
A serious problem that we will solve
Here at Warp News, we agree. Climate change is a serious problem that we will solve. However, exaggerated doomsday talk harms that work.
To balance the view, we highlight people working on the solutions and the progress being made.
This paints a picture that is still serious, but certainly not pitch-black.
We can't sit back; a lot of work remains, but we can be increasingly optimistic that we will fix it.