A US Mid-Century Low Carbon Strategy


Restoring U.S. Forests by Mid-Century

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

As both scientists (in many published papers) and political leaders (in the Paris Agreement) have now recognized, to stop global warming—to keep the global temperature from increasing indefinitely—we need to peak and then reduce emissions rapidly. We need to get our release of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, down to a level below the amount that carbon sequestration by the biosphere takes out of the atmosphere. This means that we have to work incredibly hard on two parallel tracks, simultaneously. On the one hand, cut pollution drastically. And on the other hand, regrow the biosphere. Read more >

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The Bioeconomy in a World Without Carbon Pollution

, Senior scientist

Reaching the climate targets set in Paris will require dramatic action from all sectors of the economy over a period of several decades. Read more >

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Photo: Jim Robinson, USDA-NRCS/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

Farming Carbon into Soils and Trees: A Climate-Smart Mid-Century Strategy for Agriculture

, senior scientist

In 2050, the Paris Agreement will be 34 years old,  Google will be 52,  the National Park Service will be 134, the tractor will be 158, the United States will be 274, and hopefully we’ll all be celebrating being well along the way to a cooler future. While it may seem like a lot of time, there’s a lot of work ahead of us. Read more >

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How to Cut US Power Sector Emissions: New Analysis and Insights from Marrakech

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

I am in Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the annual international climate talks (or COP22) is just getting underway. Nations hope to continue the momentum created by the Paris Agreement despite concerns about the implications of the US election outcome. One big topic of conversation: how will nations increase their commitments to cut emissions, in line with the ambitious long term temperature and decarbonization goals that were agreed to last year? Read more >

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Driving to a Stable Climate: The Pathway to Reducing Emissions From Transportation

, Senior vehicles engineer

The Paris climate targets require greatly reducing US global warming emissions from all sectors of the economy to reach or even surpass net zero emissions. Read more >

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