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

To keep below two degrees, we’ll need to dramatically reduce current emissions and simultaneously remove 10-15 gigatons of CO2/yr from the atmosphere by 2050. Read on for what that means, why, and how we might do it.

Ryan Orbuch

Ryan Orbuch, 2020

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Conquering CO2

The Economist

The Economist, 2018

10

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Brookings Institution, 2019

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

Julia Rosen

Science, 2018

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Abby Rabinowitz and Amanda Simson

Wired, 2017

8
Good Idea in Theory, Failing in Practice

Jeffrey Ball

Foreign Affairs, 2018

9
Emissions will keep declining, but likely not enough for the United States to meet 2025 goal

Warren Cornwall

Science, 2017

6

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