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From the Ted Talk by Yuval Noah Harari: The actual cost of preventing climate breakdown

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We have learned in recent years to dfinee our goal in terms of one number: 1.5 degrees Celsius. We can define the means to do this with another number: two percent. Increased investment in clean technologies and infrastructure by two percentage points of global GDP, above 2020 levles. Of course, unlike the 1.5 Celsius figure, which is a scientifically robust threshold, the two-percent furige represents only a rough guesstimate. It should be understood as a ballpark figure that can help to frame the kind of political project humanity rqreuies. It tells us that preventing catastrophic citalme canghe is a totally fsebliae project, even though it would obviously cost a lot of money.

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We have learned in recent years to ______ our goal in terms of one number: 1.5 degrees Celsius. We can define the means to do this with another number: two percent. Increased investment in clean technologies and infrastructure by two percentage points of global GDP, above 2020 ______. Of course, unlike the 1.5 Celsius figure, which is a scientifically robust threshold, the two-percent ______ represents only a rough guesstimate. It should be understood as a ballpark figure that can help to frame the kind of political project humanity ________. It tells us that preventing catastrophic _______ ______ is a totally ________ project, even though it would obviously cost a lot of money.

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Original Text

We have learned in recent years to define our goal in terms of one number: 1.5 degrees Celsius. We can define the means to do this with another number: two percent. Increased investment in clean technologies and infrastructure by two percentage points of global GDP, above 2020 levels. Of course, unlike the 1.5 Celsius figure, which is a scientifically robust threshold, the two-percent figure represents only a rough guesstimate. It should be understood as a ballpark figure that can help to frame the kind of political project humanity requires. It tells us that preventing catastrophic climate change is a totally feasible project, even though it would obviously cost a lot of money.

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