Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies

S. Pacala, R. Socolow

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Abstract

Humanity already possesses the fundamental scientific, technical, and industrial know-how to solve the carbon and climate problem for the next half-century. A portfolio of technologies now exists to meet the world's energy needs over the next 50 years and limit atmospheric CO2 to a trajectory that avoids a doubling of the preindustrial concentration. Every element in this portfolio has passed beyond the laboratory bench and demonstration project; many are already implemented somewhere at full industrial scale. Although no element is a credible candidate for doing the entire job (or even half the job) by itself, the portfolio as a whole is large enough that not every element has to be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-972
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume305
Issue number5686
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2004

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