Are we irreversibly screwed on climate change? This comic gives perspective.

We can help stop the world from heating up—but we can’t fix it entirely.
A panel from a comic strip about CO2 emissions and global heating
Carbon pollution isn't like lead or other forms of pollution. Matteo Farinella/Nexus Media News

Matteo Farinella is a neuroscientist turned cartoonist who uses comics to explain science. Jeremy Deaton writes for Nexus Media, a syndicated newswire covering climate, energy, policy, art, and culture.

If you’re a climate scientist, you are likely to hear the same question, again and again, from inquiring minds at weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties and cocktail hours: Are we screwed?

It’s a fair query. Experts have put forward a litany of bleak scientific reports outlining what climate change means for the future of life on Earth—forests incinerated by wildfires, farms laid bare by drought, cities submerged under rising seas. Those who skim the news coverage of such reports are often left to wonder if this is what will happen, or if this is merely what could happen should we fail to act.

The answer is complicated. This comic strip explains why.

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