Limiting global warming easier said than done

A firefighter (above) is seen battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California in a US Forest Service photo released on social media on Monday. A boy (top) playing in a fountain to cool down at a park in Tokyo on Aug 1. In New South Wale
A picture taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst from aboard the International Space Station showing dried-out Central Europe and Germany.PHOTO: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
A firefighter (above) is seen battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California in a US Forest Service photo released on social media on Monday. A boy (top) playing in a fountain to cool down at a park in Tokyo on Aug 1. In New South Wale
A firefighter (above) is seen battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California in a US Forest Service photo released on social media on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS
A firefighter (above) is seen battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California in a US Forest Service photo released on social media on Monday. A boy (top) playing in a fountain to cool down at a park in Tokyo on Aug 1. In New South Wale
A boy (above) playing in a fountain to cool down at a park in Tokyo on Aug 1. PHOTOS: REUTERS, EPA-EFE
A firefighter (above) is seen battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California in a US Forest Service photo released on social media on Monday. A boy (top) playing in a fountain to cool down at a park in Tokyo on Aug 1. In New South Wale
In New South Wales, Australia, farmer Mark Horan (above) inspecting on Thursday a dried-out dam on a farm near Braidwood. PHOTOS: REUTERS, EPA-EFE

While meeting goal set by Paris pact is possible in theory, changing habits and mindsets an uphill task, say experts

In recent weeks, the world has witnessed the sort of extreme weather conditions scientists have long warned about but hoped would never happen. Records have tumbled, from heatwaves in Europe and Japan, to deadly wildfires in Greece and California and an increasingly desperate drought in eastern Australia. Record floods also struck south-western Japan from late June to the middle of last month, killing over 200 people.

Every year of late seems more extreme than the last, showing mankind is far from the path needed to limit the damage to livelihoods, homes and economies from a hotter and wilder world, the United Nations says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2018, with the headline 'Limiting global warming easier said than done'. Print Edition | Subscribe