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 life-saving technologies in time?

Summaries

Conquering CO2

The Economist

The Economist, 2018

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Gilbert E. Metcalf

Brookings Institution, 2019

9
Vast bioenergy plantations could suck up carbon and stave off climate change. They would also radically reshape the planet.

Julia Rosen

Science, 2018

8
There are reasons to be optimistic that the world will break its addiction to fossil fuels. But time is running out.

Jeff Tollefson

Nature, 2018

8
CO2 could soon reach levels that, it’s widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe.

Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker, 2017

10
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Helena Bottemiller Evich

Politico Magazine, 2017

10

Abby Rabinowitz and Amanda Simson

Wired, 2017

8
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

8
Good Idea in Theory, Failing in Practice

Jeffrey Ball

Foreign Affairs, 2018

9
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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