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What Does Moving towards a Zero-Carbon Future Means?

Moving towards a Zero-Carbon Future

We’re facing an urgent crisis.

One which threatens our very existence, the Climate Catastrophe. The climate stability of the past twelve thousand years has come to an end and around the world we are now suffering from the impact.

Bleached coral reefs becoming cemeteries, Polar Regions melting, species driven to the brink of extinction.

It doesn’t make any sense if we think we’re the most intellectual creature on the planet, that we’re destroying our only home. We are at a critical juncture in our planet’s history.

What each one of us does in the next few years, will determine what happens in the next few thousand years. It will define our legacy to all future generations. One of the things that should concern us the most is just the scale and the urgency of the challenge.

If we look at our current emissions of carbon dioxide, they are continuing to increase exponentially and if we look at the trajectories that we need to be on (if we are to avoid exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming) we need to essentially reverse that today.

The Future of Energy is Zero Carbon

There is no question that the climate change that we are experiencing is due to human activity.

From the ice cores, we know that the carbon dioxide concentration today (at just over 400 parts per million) is about 40% higher than it’s been at any time in the previous 800,000 years. Should the carbon dioxide concentration continue to increase, climate warming is unavoidable.

As the amount of data we’re getting from satellites, climate models and our sensors is rapidly increasing as data capture technology improves, we need analysis techniques and equipment to improve in tandem. We need artificial intelligence or AI to tackle some of those large datasets, to identify patterns and interconnections in these data sets which are previously undetectable to traditional techniques.

AI will enable us to build improved predictive models for future climate change. The level of detail from these will be a game-changer for governments, for policymakers and businesses who are required to make decisions.

The transition required to hit zero carbon in 30 years’ time is going to change the whole economy.

Every aspect life as we know it now, has to change.

We need to allocate vast sums of money over the next few decades which needs to be deployed to re-model our factories, schools, hospitals and homes to be energy efficient and ultimately Net Zero. We need to have decarbonization of agriculture and industry worldwide.

We need to develop and implement progressive technologies so that our energy and power systems can be fueled renewably.

And all of that needs to be financed.

The primary source of greenhouse gas is the way that we generate and use energy. It is burning coal, oil and gas. The biggest opportunity is that we now have technologies for energy generation and energy storage that are zero carbon.

The challenge is, that the majority of the world will experience levels of personal wealth never achieved by previous generations and as it does so it uses more energy.

How we produce and consume food matters a huge amount not only for our own health and well-being but for the planet’s as well.

Agriculture is the human activity that transformed the world the most. Producing food takes up 40% of the world’s land surface. It is responsible for approximately 25 percent of human greenhouse gas emissions and about 70 percent of freshwater withdrawals.

It is vitally important that manufacturing techniques and practices are revolutionized to make our move toward a zero-carbon future.

Bottom Line:

Climate change is a global problem.

We must think of global emissions to act efficiently and economically. Reducing emissions throughout all aspects of our activities is essential. The way we now consume energy is the main contributor to climate change and carbon neutral alternatives helps to change our habits and delivers emission reductions and presents

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