Can renewable energies such as solar, wind and batteries save Earth from the ravages of global warming? Climatologists aren’t sure whether those technologies can overcome humanity’s addiction to cheap fossil fuels, which cause the lion’s share of carbon emissions. Superpowers like the United States and China are taking advantage of the falling prices of renewables and cutting back on coal use, but developing countries directly offset those efforts. Nature contributor Jeff Tollefson will help you better understand this delicate dance, but don’t assume you will come away optimistic.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why time is running out to meet the global warming goals set by the Paris Agreement;
- How the falling costs of renewable energy might save the day; and
- How economic and political pressures affect Earth’s steep path toward climatological disaster.
About the Author
Jeff Tollefson is a contributor to Nature and other scientific magazines.