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Greta Thunberg needs to do more than shout platitudes

Demand for climate action 'now' is misleading, even harmful

| Japan
A solar power station in Akaiwa, Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, pictured on June 1: gradual transition buys time for improvements.   © Kyodo

Yuriy Humber is president of Yuri Group and founder of the Japan NRG platform, which publishes weekly reports about the state of energy and electricity in Japan.

When the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its somber report on the state of our environment last month, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg lamented the continued procrastination of world leaders with the quip that "the only thing that's changing is the climate."

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