Could humanity be sustainable? It's not as hopeless as you think
Global warming, pollution, deforestation—it's easy to feel a sense of doom about our planet. But data scientist Hannah Ritchie says the numbers on sustainability are more hopeful than we might assume.
About Hannah Ritchie
Hannah Ritchie is deputy editor and research lead at Our World in Data, an online publication making data and research on the world's largest problems accessible and understandable for non-experts. She is also a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, where she studies how environmental issues intersect with others like poverty, global health and education. She has done extensive research into the question of how to feed everyone in the world a nutritious diet without wrecking the planet. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, Wired, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Economist and New Scientist.
In 2022, Ritchie was named Scotland's Youth Climate Champion. She is also an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, and a fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, focused on ending global energy poverty. Her book, Not the End of the World, makes an evidence-based case for why we have a meaningful chance to solve global environmental problems for the first time in human history.
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