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“Dear friends, humanity is on thin ice — and that ice is melting fast.” That’s the first line of a video message by UN secretary-general António Guterres yesterday, accompanying the latest stark report on the scale of the climate emergency.

“Humans are responsible for virtually all global heating over the last 200 years. The rate of temperature rise in the last half century is the highest in 2,000 years. Concentrations of carbon dioxide are at their highest in at least 2 million years. The climate time-bomb is ticking,” continued Guterres.

The report – the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to give its full name – has been widely described in the media as a ‘final warning’ for humans.

Although that’s true, it’s not just a warning: it also sets out what’s still possible in terms of tackling the climate emergency, and how to do it.

Among the key points: accelerating efforts to reach ‘net zero’ by bringing the target date back a decade from 2050 to 2040 for developed countries.

These reports can make for daunting reading, but there is encouragement to be found too: including for music industry companies planning their next set of measures to reduce their own climate impact, as well as their contributions (and their artists’) to the wider discourse around what to do and how to do it.

You can read our analysis of the music industry’s climate action in 2022 here, and our wider coverage of the climate emergency and music here.

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Stuart Dredge

Music Ally's Head of Insight

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