Clock countdown in New York for climate crisis

The Clock countdown in New York for climate crisis is yet another thing where it can stress the citizens of the city and all this with the pandemic being on top. The infamous “Climate Clock” was temporarily installed in a well-known Manhattan building and reminds the world that another huge crisis is approaching.

The iconic “Metronome” digital clock was placed in a 14th Street building overlooking Union Square, and would only be in operation until September 27. However, that time was enough to get the message across. “Climate Clock” was also built to remind us of the time left to prevent a total climate disaster.

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It was installed by project co-founders Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd for Climate Week and counts the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds left until greenhouse gas emissions are reduced enough to give earth a 67% chance of maintaining its temperature.

Clock countdown in New York
Clock countdown in New York

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is vital, scientists say, if we are to avoid some of the worst effects of climate change. The bell rings for unsustainable rising sea levels, floods, coral reef loss, fires and other disasters.

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The deadline is based on data from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), creator of the Carbon Clock. Despite the urgent message, the clock’s creators say the planet’s current course is not unstoppable. The clock shows two numbers. The red number is the deadline to take decisive action to continue warming the Earth below the limit of 1.5° C.

The second figure, in green, monitors the growing proportion of global energy currently supplied from renewable sources. The goal is to increase this percentage to 100% before the countdown clock reaches zero. The artists installed a similar clock in Berlin last year and plan to create another “Climate Clock” in Paris next year


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