Clean Energy And A Stable Climate: Progress And Challenges From 1998-2018

N/A | July 10, 2018

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Two interdisciplinary workshops at AGCI bracketed progress on the climate-energy problem across 20 years and yielded two major journal publications, one in Nature (Hoffert et al. 1998) and the other in Science (Davis et al. 2018). The focus of the first workshop and paper articulated the magnitude of the climate-energy problem and what rate of carbon emission reductions was needed to stabilize the climate via carbon-free technologies coupled with aggressive efficiency improvement. The focus of the second workshop and paper is how to tackle the most intractable aspects of decarbonizing the global energy system long distance freight, air travel, cement, and steel production while providing highly reliable electricity systems. In both cases, the stated end goal was achieving a global energy system with net-zero emissions of carbon into the atmosphere and thereby stabilizing the climate in the 21st century.

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