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5 Climate wins of 2022

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

2022 has been filled with highs and lows, wins and losses. While meetings like COP27 had positive results, the planet was ravaged by floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters. With the year coming to an end, let's take a look at 5 wins of the year, in no particular order, to close it up.

1. Inflation Reduction Act

One of the most significant climate acts passed was the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). In this act, the US invested approximately $370 billion into incentive based programs and other clean energy projects across the country. This was a major climate win for the US. Scientists predict that 80% of the United States’ energy could make the switch to more sustainable options like solar and wind.

2. COP27

In this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP27, countries made several steps forward. Smaller countries facing the toll of climate change were given justice by getting paid for damages. For example, Pakistan was greatly affected by climate change because of floods, even though their contribution to emissions was by less than one percent. Countries will finally get justice through these laws.

3. CRISPR technological advances

This year has been a major year for scientific advancements. CRISPR technology has been rapidly advancing, and this year scientists are using it to edit photosynthesis to absorb more carbon efficiently. CRISPR is also being used to replicate genetics to possibly recreate extinct animals like the wooly mammoth. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell how far we can go with this technology.

4. Plastic treaty

In March the United Nations negotiated a global treaty to lessen the use of plastics among UN countries. This treaty would ensure that countries legally take action against plastic by cleaning up their pollution, reducing the reliance on plastic, and more. In the United States, California started by passing a law reducing the use of single-use plastics by its citizens. These are just the beginnings and we can expect to see more plastic laws in the next year.

5. Nature protection laws

There has been a lot of nature regrowth this year due to new nature protection laws passed. Places like Hawaii have seen a lot of coral regrowth and an increase in marine wildlife. Studies have found that implementing these laws in one area causes their positive effects to spill over to other areas as well. California and Louisiana are also following with their own attempts to bring back endangered wildlife in their states.

These are only some of the year’s big wins of the year. While climate change continues to be a dark cloud in our daily lives, we should still acknowledge positive action and advancements we make to fight it.

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