In this issue, we share two pieces about:
- Why national happiness can now become an operational objective for governments.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s recent analysis of weather extremes.
With the passage of over a decade since the first World Happiness Report was published, there has been a growing realization among people that a country’s success should be evaluated based on the happiness of its citizens. This perspective has gained momentum, leading to the possibility of national happiness becoming an operational objective for governments, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing well-being and happiness in policy-making and governance.
The World Happiness Report is a Sustainable Development Solutions Network publication powered by the Gallup World Poll data. The report reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.
The latest report from IPCC features a dedicated chapter on weather extremes, examining the changes in weather and climate at regional and global levels. In a recent analysis by Carbon Brief, the report’s findings on various categories of extremes and their relationship with a warming climate are explored, shedding light on how these extremes are, and will be, influenced by ongoing climate change.
Robert McSweeney is Carbon Brief’s senior science editor. He holds an MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Warwick and an MSc in climate change from the University of East Anglia.