That dystopian ‘future’ scientists talk about? It's already here


A single lonely sprout emerging from a dry cereal field in Berrechid, Morocco’s historically wheat-rich province. The area has suffered six consecutive years of drought. More than 88% of Berrechild’s vast agricultural lands are not irrigated, with farmers relying instead on rain, according to Morocco’s agriculture ministry. Yet so far this year, the North African country has seen only nearly half the rainfall compared with the same period the previous year. — AFP

THE world has crossed a perilous threshold. In 2023, global temperatures surpassed the critical 1.5°C mark above pre-industrial levels. The period from February 2023 to January 2024 reached 1.52°C of warming, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Let’s be clear, this alarming milestone has far-reaching consequences for Malaysia and the entire planet.

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