Carbon Dioxide

The industrial revolution was the starting point of an ongoing increase in carbon emissions, which inevitably leads to global warming. To avoid a major climate catastrophe, we need to (a) drastically reduce carbon emissions and (b) actively remove carbon from the atmosphere. Will humans succeed in adopting new behaviors and developing live-saving technologies in time?

Summaries

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?
CO2 could soon reach levels that, it’s widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker, 2017

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The Great Nutrient Collapse
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Helena Bottemiller Evich

Politico Magazine, 2017

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The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

Abby Rabinowitz and Amanda Simson

Wired, 2017

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Six Research Priorities for Cities and Climate Change
Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming.

Xuemei Bai et al.

Nature, 2018

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Why Carbon Pricing Isn’t Working
Good Idea in Theory, Failing in Practice

Jeffrey Ball

Foreign Affairs, 2018

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Insurance Companies Should Collect a Carbon Levy
A surcharge on energy producers would fund climate adaptation and the low-carbon transition, suggest Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke.

Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke

Nature, 2017

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Can US States and Cities Overcome Paris Exit?
Emissions will keep declining, but likely not enough for the United States to meet 2025 goal

Warren Cornwall

Science, 2017

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